The completion of corrective actions following an audit holds immense importance as it serves as evidence that the site is actively implementing improvements. The purpose of an audit goes beyond merely identifying findings; it aims to highlight areas where measurable improvements can be made. Therefore, it is crucial for businesses to promptly address and implement necessary changes and corrective actions after an audit. Producers should not wait until the assigned deadlines to submit corrective actions; instead, they should strive to complete them as soon as possible.
The principle of improvement, particularly the expectation of submitting corrective actions post-audit, aligns with the pursuit of transformation and enhancing the overall image of South Africa. Both the industry and South Africa in general are committed to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. To fulfill these commitments, it is vital for tangible adaptations and improvements to be implemented as proof of compliance. The impetus for improvement is also driven by global buyers, as managing their supply chain risks aligns with their own commitments to the UN goals.
The SIZA program has been designed in a way that reduces the validity period of an audit if corrective actions are not uploaded within the agreed-upon deadline set between the auditor and the producer on the audit day. Consequently, regardless of the initial risk rating (Platinum, Gold, or Silver), the certificate will only remain valid for one year or one season. Conducting an audit is only the initial step; the subsequent corrective actions are the more crucial part. This demonstrates growth and development, reflecting the continuous improvement of the site and enabling better socially responsible and sustainable practices after and between audit periods.
Should a producer require assistance with their corrective actions following an audit, they have the option to utilize the Remedy Solution program for each finding. This program provides access to contact details of experts in specific fields related to the findings. Producers can then decide whether they would like to engage these companies or individuals for support or not.