Guidance

The scope of this KPI includes your company-level activities for beauty and personal care products sold in the United States.  Activities for products sold in other regions are not to be considered.


On-site audits can be conducted by second or third parties and must have been conducted at least once every 24 or 36 months using a standard based on internationally recognized principles.  The audits and standard must be verifiable and must address worker injury and worker exposure to harmful material elements, and must align with applicable International Labor Organization Occupational Safety and Health Conventions (e.g., No. 155).


  • For B, the scope of the response option is company level but the subsequent response options are product level.
  • For D, the product must have been produced in a company-owned or contract facilities that have had a verifiable audit for compliance with a widely-recognized code of conduct in the last thirty-six (36) months.
  • For E, the product must have been produced in company-owned or contract facilities that have had a verifiable audit for compliance with a widely-recognized code of conduct in the last twenty-four (24) months.


Standards based on internationally recognized principles include, but are not limited to, those in the Resources section.


Resources

International Labor Organization - C155 - Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981 (No. 155):  The International Labour Organization provides a comprehensive outline on mechanical health and safety risks and guidance on the safe use of and exposure to machinery.


Social Accountability International SA8000 Standard:  SA8000 is a human rights standard that can be used for audits of workplaces across industries. It is based on principles developed by the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights and the Conventions of the International Labour Organization.


Definitions

Adverse Finding: Any unexpected, inappropriate, or undesired occurrence such as worker injury or worker exposure to harmful material elements that result in a negative effect in human health and safety associated with the manufacturing and production of a product.


Company-owned or contract manufacturing facilities:  Facilities responsible for manufacturing and assembly of final products, whether these facilities are internal or external to the respondent’s organization.  


Verifiable: Having the ability to demonstrate, through a reputable assessor, the truth or accuracy of a claim.  


Second-party audit: An audit conducted by a party having an interest in the organization, such as customers, or by another entity on their behalf. 


Third-party audit: An audit conducted by external, independent auditing organizations, such as those providing certification of conformity to a standard.


Material elements: Defined by ILO as "workplaces, working environment, tools, machinery and equipment, chemical, physical and biological substances and agents, work processes.