Providence, Rhode Island-based Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Trade Association (FJATA) has announced that the FJATA Audit Management Program is now providing auditing and remediation services for the industry. Through its partnership with Sumerra, a leading consulting and audit management provider, FJATA has developed an industry specific social audit that can be shared by retailers brands, and wholesalers.
Collaborative efforts by participating companies will help reduce audit fatigue, costs and remediation efforts, making for an easier and less costly compliance solution for companies and factories.
The Audit Management Program provides a sharing platform for FJATA audits as well as corrective actions and remediation. Through the FJATA audit, tool companies receive robust and comprehensive analysis of factory compliance efforts, gauging compliance with legal requirements and the FJATA Standards for Labor, Health & Safety and Environment.
Sumerra is administering the remediation efforts for factories, overseeing corrective action plans and monitoring the progress of the remediation by providing 30, 60, and 90 day reviews of the factory’s progress. This enables companies to reduce compliance staff or divert to other more important work such as training or policies.
“We are proud that the industry has come together to create and support this important initiative that means so much to our industry,” says Brent Cleaveland, executive director FJATA. “Following the lead of other industries, FJATA has created an industry specific compliance program that addresses the specific needs of our industry while reducing overall compliance costs and improving efficiency and communication.”
FJATA is committed to raising the bar on compliance for the industry through education to both vendors and factories. Sumerra has developed upcoming webinar trainings and an educational newsletter–“Audit Management News”–which will provide valuable information and instruction on compliance topics for the industry.
“Sumerra considers education to be a vital element for creating compliant factories,” explained Jason Roberts, CEO of Sumerra. “Our team is excited to provide an educational avenue for the industry through our training webinars and newsletters. We want to ensure that ‘not knowing’ is no longer an excuse for non-compliant factories.”