Equivalence Process



The Issue

  • Complexity of compliance assessment
  • Divergence of standards and management systems
  • Little visibility on comparability

The Solution

  • Comparability and mutual recognition
  • Thorough benchmarking of codes of conduct
  • Identify opportunities for improvement

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What are the benefits?

EP users benefit from an in-depth review of the requirements of their code of conduct or standard.

The process enables users to assess tools and processes, identify any gaps, drive internal alignment and move towards mutual recognition.

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How does it work?

Standards and management systems are benchmarked against international best practice as set out by the GSCP Reference Tools.

The process consists of three phases: Self-Assessment, Expert Assessment and Share & Compare. 

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Benefits for Buying Companies

  • drive internal alignment by ensuring internal processes are up to par and that all business units follow a common approach
  • compare internal tools with those of business partners and peers’
  • assess service providers and schemes
  • broaden mutual recognition

Benefits for Initiatives

  • compare tools and process with those of others and broaden recognition
  • allow your member organisations to share and compare your assessment
  • promote your scheme by showcasing the robustness of your standard
  • set the scene for future collaboration

Benefits for Auditing Bodies

  • ensure high level of competence for auditors
  • drive internal alignment and ensure processes are up to par
  • share results with other EP users to increase recognition
  • access new markets


Who has done the Equivalence Process?

The number of EP users continues to grow! To learn more, click on the logos below.



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