It is well known that Walmart’s social compliance requirements are constantly evolving to address all facets of ethical supply chain management. InTouch has an acute understanding of the pressures Walmart exerts on their suppliers and vendors.
Our team of compliance experts have successfully executed hundreds of programs for factories and suppliers that supply this retail giant. Our experience ranges from “rescuing” factories who are on their last “strike” (meaning they have already had serious violations in previous audits and must improve in a last audit attempt), to working with factories on sustainability and energy conservation campaigns which have a significant and clearly reported result on the local environment.
In these programs our senior-level ethical sourcing and social compliance auditors work with your factories and vendors on a variety of issues, and help you prepare the paper work required to either become a new vendor, or maintain your current standing as one.
Such programs will address the following aspects of the Walmart Ethical Sourcing initiative:
Evaluating your supply chain for efficiency is an important step in both complying with Walmart’s standards as well as generating cost and time savings. InTouch will work with your suppliers to develop programs aimed at waste-reduction and quality enhancement.
As the world’s largest retailer, Walmart pushes its supplier for constant improvement in the streamlining of their processes as well as in the preservation of their surroundings and resources. Improved waste-disposal and resource-control strategies can be developed jointly between InTouch experts and your suppliers.
Our evaluations will document and help you better understand the complex relationships involved in your supply-chain. Based on these findings, InTouch can assist in the development and initiation community development and outreach projects as needed.
InTouch will evaluate your facilities’ sustainability rating with regards to energy consumption and emissions control. This will allow for the quick implementation of corrective actions to improve the performance of your vendor base in these critical areas.
If systems are in place for social compliance monitoring, InTouch will ensure they are in-line with Walmart requirements. If you have yet to develop systems then we will build them for you. Such programs may require only one simple audit, or can include more involved on-site monitoring and consultation.
This process begins with a comprehensive audit of your supplier’s facilities which will generate a corrective action plan (CAP). The CAP includes a detailed but easy-to-follow breakdown of the areas of non-compliance found at the facility, along with guidelines on how to correct them.
“We highly recommend InTouch to any person or company in need of these services and are confident that working with this firm will resolve quality issues with your imports and save you money.”
Henry Lodge, President, Lodge Manufacturing
Mike Michelini, CEO, Electrapour
“We have been particularly pleased with your ability to work directly with our factories in China, putting in place key quality standards and inspection criteria since that first order. Andrew, thanks to you and your team at InTouch for allowing us to focus on what we do best. We’re looking forward to working with you again.”
Brenton Harris, Managing Director, Pacific Tiger International
“The level of service we received from the InTouch team was first-rate, and I look forward to working with them again.”
Simon Golledge, Procurement Director, The Continuity Company
“Your consistent attention to detail and expert recommendations have allowed us to proactively ensure that our manufacturing partners are reputable, reliable and (above all) socially responsible.”
Seth Lapine, VP of Retail Sales, Lapine Inc.
“By ensuring that our suppliers are Target-compliant, InTouch has allowed EDG to maintain and expand our business.”
Kenny Law, Director Operations (Asia), Expressive Design Group
“InTouch has greatly improved the quality of our garments by working hand in hand with our factory to raise quality and communication standards. InTouch is a very valuable partner in our business.“
Mandy Eaton, President, Vintage Couture Inc.
“We definitely find that this partnership and the general quality and ‘China’ expertise that InTouch provides to our organization give us an edge against our competitors.”
Fred Durham, Director of Operations, Commercial Pro