Accreditations and Membership

For over 20 years, Accordia has been an Accredited Monitoring Firm for the WRAP Factory Certification program.  Accordia is accredited in major sourcing countries in the Americas and Asia.  WRAP is the world’s largest independent certification program focused on the apparel, footwear, and sewn products industries.  The program relies on a factory’s compliance to 12 Principles that are based on labor rights, human rights, legal compliance, environmental and security criteria supported by a business’s management system support to effect sustainable compliance.

SEDEX is a leading online platform for over 60,000 organizations in over 180 countries to manage and improve working conditions, manage business risk, seek compliance and drive positive impact in global supply chains. Using SEDEX enables businesses to work together to better manage their social and environmental performance and improve working conditions throughout the supply chain.

Since 2005, SEDEX has developed a body of expertise and is respected for their work by some of the world’s most recognizable brands and standard setting organisations.

Accordia is an Affiliate Audit Company (AAC) with SEDEX.  AAC members are approved to conduct SMETA and other social audits for SEDEX members. Audit companies must meet a set of criteria to be a SEDEX AAC and have a SEDEX Affiliate Auditor account to conduct SMETA audits.

As of January 2021, only audit companies with full APSCA (Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors) membership are eligible to be Affiliate Audit Companies.

Accordia is an APSCA FULL MEMBER company.

APSCA (Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors) is an industry association whose members represent a substantial majority of the Social Compliance audit industry.

APSCA’s mission is to enhance the professionalism, consistency and credibility of the individuals and organizations performing independent social compliance audits.

Accordia is an APSCA FULL MEMBER company.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is the apparel, footwear, and textile industry’s leading alliance for sustainable production.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an industry-wide group of more than 230 leading apparel, footwear and textile brands, retailers, suppliers, affiliates (service providers), trade associations, non-profits/NGOs, and academic institutions working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of products around the world.

Through multi-stakeholder engagement, the Coalition seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating product sustainability performance that spotlights priorities for action and opportunities for technological innovation.

Developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Higg Index is a suite of tools that enables brands, retailers, and facilities of all sizes — at every stage in their sustainability journey — to accurately measure and score a company or product’s sustainability performance.

The Higg Index tools measure social and environmental performance across the value chain, delivering a holistic overview that empowers businesses to make meaningful improvements that protect the well-being of factory workers, local communities, and the environment.

Accordia provides HIGG Index verifications in major sourcing countries.

Social Accountability Accreditation Service (“SAAS”) is an independent accreditation body that ensures social audits to the Social Accountability (SA8000) standard are undertaken impartially, competently and effectively. Accreditation of auditing firms provides independent validation and a high degree of assurance that social auditing systems fulfill their intended requirements.

SAAS supports social responsibility and accountability by ensuring the implementation of credible systems designed to protect people and their communities. SAAS evaluates and accredits auditing firm to assure they are qualified to hold their clients accountable to social standards.

Accordia is accredited to conduct SA8000 certification audits in India and the United States.

The Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP) aims to improve social and labor conditions in global supply chains by reducing the number of social and labor audits in facilities through a Converged Assessment Framework (CAF). This eliminates audit fatigue, enables data comparison, and frees up resources for improvement programs.

The Social & Labor Convergence Program offers the tools and system to measure working conditions in global supply chains. This multi-stakeholder initiative includes data sharing and replaces the need for repetitive social audits.

Accordia provides SLCP verification in major sourcing countries.