External Audit at Deufol Results in 100% Compliance Certification

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With the continued demand and concern of major retailers and brands to ensure fair treatment for all workers involved in their products production, the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) Base Code provides a benchmark standard for all organizations.

On October 21, 2014 Deufol Sunman underwent an external audit for the next 2.5 days conducted by SEDEX, a not for profit membership organization, using their manufacturing ethical trading audit (SMETA) methodology and the 4-Pillar system.

The Code
The Ethical Trade Initiative is the leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe. The code, outlined below, touches the lives of over 10 million workers each year.

1. Employment is freely chosen
2. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
3. Working conditions are safe and hygienic
4. Child labor shall not be used
5. Living wages are paid
6. Working hours are not excessive
7. No discrimination is practiced
8. Regular employment is provided
9. No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed

The Auditors
As a platform for ethical supply chain management, SEDEX has over 10 years of experience in helping companies reduce risk, protecting their reputations and improving practices. Their two main aims are to: 1) ease the burden of suppliers facing multiple audits, questionnaires and certifications and 2) drive improvements in the ethical performance of global supply chains. Mr. Raymond Goodrum was leading the audit at Deufol in Sunman.

The Process
During this audit there is an initial meeting and facility tour with plant management and then interviews are conducted with management and various other individuals responsible for a variety of functions. There is a documentary review of health and safety records as well as personnel files. Then there are additional interviews with employees as selected by the auditor before finally wrapping up the audit and providing a complete report.

The Results
Deufol received certification of 100% compliance on November 18, 2014 for Health & Safety, Labour Standards, Business Integrity and the Environment.

About Deufol
Deufol North America, a division of Deufol SE, is an established manufacturer of thermoformed packaging and full service contract packaging – automated and display. In addition, Deufol offers complete inventory and supply chain solutions. This combination of products and services allows Deufol to produce all the components for a packaging project as well as inventory, pack and deliver complete packaged goods for clients. Deufol SE is a global packaging provider with 83 locations in 10 different countries across the globe and specializing in industrial and export crating, consumer packaging, value added services, IT solutions and data packaging.

Visit our North America site at http://www.deufol-us.com to learn more about our packaging services and solutions!

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Kelly Weiler
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