QIMA helps brands, retailers and importers monitor and improve the environmental impact of their supply chain with a comprehensive range of environmental audit programs.
QIMA offers an environmental audit protocol that conforms to the ISO 14001 standard (performance evaluation guidelines for environmental management systems).
The ISO 14001 family of standards addresses a wide range of items for environmental management, providing practical tools for organizations and companies looking to identify and control their environmental impact as well as constantly improve their environmental performance.
A QIMA Environmental Audit Program assesses factory compliance with local laws and regulations for environmental protection, as well as best practices based on ISO 14000 family of standards, which includes:
Legal requirements and risk assessment
Environmental management system
Solid and hazardous wastes
Energy use, water use, CO² emissions
Chemical Control Audits
QIMA Chemical Control Audit Programs use protocols based on the global environmental Detox® campaign, Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals principles (ZDHC) or your own compliance requirements.
Chemical Control Audits typically cover:
Semi and finished products
Specific chemical controls
QIMA provides complete lab testing services and can efficiently combine water testing with an onsite environmental audit to offer a complete picture of the environmental performance of your suppliers.
Waste water testing typically includes:
Onsite gathering of waste water samples by trained QIMA auditors: influent water, water before treatment, effluent water
Waste water testing prior to treatment of water and based on restricted substances list
If restricted substances are detected, samples of influent and effluent waters are verified to determine the source of the substances and whether treatment of water is effective.
A Step-By-Step Guide on Implementing Your ESG Risk Strategy
Today’s volatile environment requires companies to rethink and reshape their traditional risk assessment approaches, including ESG risks. This quick guide will help organizations navigate supply chain disruptions, increasing regulatory pressures, the consolidation of a multitude of ESG frameworks and the increasing types and frequency of risks when implementing your ESG risk strategy.
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Mandatory Human Rights & Environmental Due Diligence: How to Get Prepared
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Germany's New Supply Chain Law: What You Need to Know
Germany’s Supply Chain Due Diligence Act was adopted in June 2021. This Quick Guide provides an overview of the legislation (as of July 2021) and practical suggestions on preparing your supply chain for the upcoming changes.
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Trade Wars, Brexit, and Global Supply Chains in 2018
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Sustainability and Ethics in Supply Chains: Current State and Progress
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Lessons for Brands Looking to Eliminate Forced Labor from Their Supply Chains
Sustainability Conference - As the leader of the Modern Slavery Outreach Program implemented by the major sporting brand Adidas, Aditi Wanchoo shared the brand’s experience mitigating modern slavery risks at multiple tiers of a supply chain.
The Importance of Worker Voice in Managing Migrant Labor Modern Slavery Risks
Sustainability Conference - Pentland Brands, together with the NGO Issara Institute, emphasize the importance of making worker voice heard cross complex supply chains and shared practical examples of fostering worker empowerment and ethical recruitment practices.
Leveraging Technology to Fight Modern Slavery in Supply Chains
Sustainability Conference - The Mekong Club aims to harness the skills of the private sector to combat human trafficking. Dr. Zoe Fortune outlines the main advantages and opportunities offered by modern digital technologies in the ongoing fight against modern slavery.
Working Towards Gender Equality in Global Supply Chains
Sustainability Conference - Marat Yu shares key insights on gender equality and women’s rights from his work with HERProject, a collaborative initiative that strives to empower low-income women working in global supply chains.
Best Practices for Establishing Your Brand as a Recognized Sustainability Leader
Sustainability Conference - Building on 20+ years of data collected by the strategy and insights consultancy Globescan shares practical insights to help brands better communicate their sustainability efforts to the consumer and become recognized sustainability leaders.
How Will China’s New Environmental Protection Tax Affect Your Sourcing?
Sustainability Conference - China’s changing environmental regulations continue presenting challenges to business. Brian Ho of EY, provides valuable insights for businesses on navigating the latest Environmental Protection Tax Law.
The Power of Information Disclosure in Greening China’s Supply Chain
Sustainability Conference - The Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, China, gives an overview of the groundbreaking work the NGO has carried out since 2006 to increase transparency around environmental issues in China.
Sustainability and Chemical Management – Practical insights from Fristads Kansas
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Key Compliance Considerations for Brands Sourcing from Small Factories in China
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