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Quick Scan offers easy first step assessment of supply chain social and environmental compliance against best corporate practice

Paris and Geneva, 24 June 2015 - The Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) of the Consumer Goods Forum and ITC Standards Map of the International Trade Centre (ITC) today launched the GSCP-ITC Quick Scan. The new open-source tool allows buying companies, suppliers, scheme owners and standards to easily compare their social and environmental compliance approach against best corporate practice. Registration to the tool is open to GSCP members and other interested organisations, free of charge at www.standardsmap.org/gscp
 
An easy and open-source tool for supply chain actors

With the growing number of sustainability standards becoming available, identifying and comparing the different requirements of schemes has become a key issue for supply chain actors. The Quick Scan offers a turn-key solution for all major supply chain actors and provides them with a first analysis of supply-chain management systems in a few clicks. The GSCP Reference tools, which reflect corporate best practice in environmental and social compliance, serve as the reference for the comparison.

•    Buying companies can use the tool to identify standards that reflect their needs and meet their requirements. The Quick Scan allows them to compare all listed standards against industry defined best practice.
•    Suppliers can use the Quick Scan to create a self-assessment and compare it against the GSCP Reference tools, allowing them to move gradually towards internationally recognised best practice.
•    Companies that are already listed on Standards Map can equally compare their own code of conduct against the GSCP Reference tools; a first step to the ‘Deep Scan – the GSCP Equivalence Process.

The user benefits from a specialised interface and functionalities, graphical representation of results and access to all 175 standards referenced in the ITC Standards Map. The Quick Scan covers a standard’s main characteristics, such as its requirements, scope of operations and modus operandi.


Quick Scan as a first step to sustainability benchmarking

The GSCP-ITC Quick Scan aims to provide an overview of which elements standards or codes of conduct cover. Supply-chain actors wishing to receive an in-depth benchmarking of how these elements are covered can move on to the ‘Deep Scan’, the GSCP Equivalence Process. The Equivalence Process allows users to gain a better understanding of their systems through the Self-Assessment phase of this Process, and in a second phase provides them with an independent benchmark by three experts. It provides users with an in-depth assessment of their requirements and processes for social and environmental compliance. Users of the Equivalence Process platform have the possibility to share and compare results with other organizations and schemes, allowing for mutual recognition. Designed with a holistic approach in mind, the Quick Scan platform allows user data to be imported directly into the Equivalence Process via an IT bridge.

“Cooperating with ITC proved the best approach for us to offer GSCP members and other supply chain actors the possibility to gain a first insight into what extent codes, standards and practices cover the requirements of our industry recognised best practice tools in an easy and accessible manner. We are convinced that the Quick Scan will pave the way for further harmonisation of approaches, ultimately benefitting the whole industry. The GSCP Equivalence Process remains an indispensable tool for the mutual recognition of standards and approaches due to the objective benchmark provided by independent experts.”  
– Didier Bergeret, Director of the Global Social Compliance Programme

“This partnership with GSCP allows even more businesses to take advantage of the ITC Standards Map database and in particular to support more small and medium-sized enterprises comply with best practices on social compliance. Quick Scan will allow for even greater harmonization and mutual recognition among standards. It will provide a much-needed tool to guide SMEs through the myriad of existing standards, championing sustainability and transparency in trade.”
– Joe Wozniak, T4SD Programme Manager, International Trade Centre

Visit the Quick Scan at www.standardsmap.org/gscp
To learn more about the GSCP Equivalence Process, visit: http://www.gscpnet.com/equivalence-process.html

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