Audit companies

Audits Performed in 2020
Countries concerned
Workers concerned

The ICS currently works with 10 audit companies around the world. Audit quality is monitored by ICS through statistical indicators and comparative analysis as well as by ICS members’ collaborative feedback and review.

In 2017, ICS signed an Agreement with each accredited audit companies. This formalized document represents the Code of conduct that every audit company should follow including integrity and confidentiality standards. The Agreement also lists the auditors’ experience and qualification requirements to perform ICS audits.

The Agreement was updated in 2019.


*Currently on trial for a period of one year


API Audit started audit operation with its mother company of Asia Pacific Inspection Ltd. (Hong Kong, 1994) and was incorporated in 2007. One of the early provider of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) audit for French mass markets retailers’ very first programs of factory assessments, based on SA8000:2014 Standard, ISO14001:2016 and OSHA18001(ISO45000).

Api Audit provides supply chain control with technical audit or social audit assessment services to assess risk (Risk Assessment/Risk Management) and verifies compliance to CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Standard all through.  Api audit growth and reputation is constructed on solid auditor expertise combined with operation control provided by on field operation supervisors and management system ISO17021:2015, ISO19011 as well as adhesion to APSCA Standard. At group level, Api Audit is historically based in Europe, China, South East Asia, India and more recently East Europe.

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Arche Advisors

With nearly two decades of experience in supply chain labor and sustainability practices, the experts at Arche Advisors offer relevant and in-depth expertise to businesses. Arche Advisors have experience in a range of industries, including manufacturing, food processing, agriculture and extractives. Areas of expertise include social and due diligence assessments, core labor standards, workshops covering child labor, forced labor, discrimination and freedom of association, in-house training and education, and more.                        

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Bureau Veritas

Established in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in conformity assessment services in the areas of quality, health and safety, environment and social responsibility. With 2011 reported revenues of €4.55bn, the group employs more than 69,000 people working in 1,400 offices in 140 countries and 340 accredited laboratories globally, with our head office in Paris, France.

The Consumer Products Services Division of Bureau Veritas (BVCPS) employs the resources of over 12,000 employees to provide comprehensive inspection, assessment and testing services to the world’s leading global retailers, manufacturers, brands, vendors and importers of consumer products. The BVCPS business is a fully verticalized global operation where management structures, decision-making processes and strategies allow for a high degree of autonomy. This enables a specialist approach to service excellence in a rapidly changing world.

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ELEVATE is the leading business risk and sustainability solutions provider. We deliver improved organizational performance through sustainability and supply chain assessment, consulting, program management and analytics. Our purpose drives our passion and our excellence. We believe in sustainable, balanced and inclusive economic growth. We believe in an economic model that collectively activates business and other stakeholders to improve people’s lives and preserve the planet.

This requires a commitment to transparency, visibility and the thoughtful management of risk and performance. It requires a commitment to business driven sustainability.

To achieve this purpose: We engage, we innovate, we inspire, we ELEVATE.

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Eurofins | AQM

Eurofins | AQM, the agile solutions provider in product inspection, factory auditing and training, has been acquired by Eurofins Consumer Product Testing (CPT) in July 2019. This acquisition symbolizes the determination of Eurofins CPT in the consumer product quality and assurance area. Starting in traditional manufacturing hub China, Eurofins | AQM has progressively been expanding into new sourcing markets in Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia & Myanmar), South Asia (Bangladesh & India), as well as Europe and North Africa (Turkey, Pakistan and Ethiopia) to cope with dynamic sourcing landscape and shifting market demands. Our 280+ in-house inspectors and auditors are well trained to ensure proficiency, consistency and commitment across our services. Eurofins | AQM, APSCA member, has been trusted by fashion brands and retailers worldwide. Contact: Ludovic Coppin (


Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. Our network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 43,000 people in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for our customers’ operations and supply chains. Intertek Total Quality Assurance expertise, delivered consistently with precision, pace and passion, enabling our customers to power ahead safely.


QIMA (formerly AsiaInspection) is a leading provider of supply chain compliance solutions, that partners with brands, retailers and importers to secure, manage and optimize their global supply network.
QIMA has on-the-ground presence in 85 countries, combining industry-leading experts for onsite inspections, supplier audits and lab testing with a digital platform that brings accuracy, transparency and intelligence for quality and compliance data.
For all our clients in 120 countries who use the QIMA platform and benefit from 24/7 support in over 20 languages, QIMA is Your Eyes in the Supply Chain™.
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*Currently on a one year trial period

To ensure that a business’s processes are socially responsible from receipt of raw materials to product delivery, SGS offers a range of audit, inspection, training and certification services to assess production site performance against social responsibility standards and monitor progress in a continuous improvement approach. Thanks to SGS input, businesses can commit to improving work conditions with regard to staff health and safety, countering discrimination, improving wage and collective bargaining conditions, the working hours system, and eliminating child and forced labor.

SGS has the largest network of highly skilled and experienced social auditors in the world to guide businesses to better supply chain management. As an accredited auditing body for Social Clause Initiative(SCI), SGS conducts audits to assess supplier compliance with the requirements of the SCI code of conduct, notably in developing countries.

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*Currently suspended from performing ICS audits in Pakistan

UL is a leader in the field of responsible sourcing services, specializing in monitoring, education, program development and management. UL has developed and implemented supplier monitoring programs for over 60 major brands and retailers, and over 500 manufacturers in such fields as: garments, home furnishings, general consumer merchandise, cosmetics, agriculture/food processing and production, high-tech electronics, jewelry and toys.  UL has a total of more than 200 auditors on staff in 32 countries, and conducted over 19,000 workplace assessments in 150 countries in 2011.

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