Although these major customers say suppliers selling to them may choose to be certified against “recognized schemes”, they appear unwilling to simply accept the scheme certifications in lieu of their unique supplier audits. The question is why and the answer is obvious: Centralized certification schemes are too generic to cover the unique requirements of the customers. Secondly, the over-commercialization and competition among the schemes has diluted the effectiveness and has led to questions about the reliability of the third-party certification process. It should therefore not be a surprise that we are seeing the tactical exit of major customers who seek a different basis for having confidence in their supply chain.
- Accommodates all customers
- Drives collaboration between suppliers and customers
- Engages all parties (suppliers, customers, third parties, regulators, consumers, etc.)
- Encourages adaptive instead of formulaic approaches
- Eliminates the use stagnant and generic audit checklists or requirements with numerous irrelevant and redundant clauses
- Involves only one audit arrangement that is acceptable to all collaborating Suppliers