We conduct social audits to find out whether our suppliers are fair in their relations with their employees, society and the environment. However, we do not commission all of these audits ourselves. We can use our resources more effectively by conducting joint audits together with other companies. We co-founded the Joint Audit Cooperation (JAC) in 2010 to make this possible. Ten telecommunications companies currently participate in the cooperation. Combined we have greater market power, giving us more influence when it comes to supplier compliance with environmental and social standards.
All audits conducted by the Joint Audit Cooperation are based on an approved, standardized procedure comprised of an on-site inspection at the supplier facilities and numerous consecutive measures. These help guarantee that our suppliers engage in corporate responsibility and make it possible for us to assess and encourage their sustainability performance. We follow up by assessing whether and to what extent the suppliers have conducted any recommended improvement measures. The audits are carried out by international auditing firms that are specialized in the specific social and environmental aspects in the respective country. These firms use a checklist based on the international standards for working conditions (SA 8000) and environmental management systems (ISO 14001).