URSA, also known as Responsible Sourcing Audit, a certification study covering the standards and requirements related to the audit conducted to assess the compliance of the supplier against the applicable laws, regulations and additional requirements of Unilever´s Responsible Sourcing Policy and to ensure compliance with the laws and required regulations of the country where the suppliers operate. can be explained as. In summary, URSA goes beyond industry-accepted protocols and evaluates supplier practices in labor standards, human rights, business integrity, environmental management and land use rights. Suppliers can be audited and certified by authorized institutions within the scope of this certification activity.
URSA covers a broader range of topics than industry-accepted protocols. With the basic principles it contains, Unilever has determined some basic principles for responsible sourcing in order to fulfill the rules on sustainable growth. The mentioned criteria are valid for all suppliers, regardless of their field of activity or the product they provide.
In this context, URSA evaluates the practices of suppliers regarding the following subjects;
1. Labor Standards
2. Occupational Health and Safety
4. Business Integrity
5. Environmental Management and Land Task Rights
Thanks to the audit conducted with URSA, relevant companies can be audited and evaluated on many other issues beyond the protocols accepted by the industry.
Scope of the Audit Process
Suppliers must successfully pass URSA audits to meet Unilever´s compliance requirements and to achieve the Good Practice Criteria. If you are a Unilever supplier, you must register with the USQS (Unilever Vendor Qualification System) to start the URSA audit process. After you request an audit, you will be able to prepare for the audit at your own place. The inspection report is based on the checklist provided to you by Unilever.
The process followed for audits includes the following steps:
1. Establishing the request for inspection.
2. Making preparations for the inspection.
3. Carrying out the audit on the business sites
4. Making the necessary reporting after the audit.
5. Making and evaluating the necessary verifications after the audit.
Organizations to be audited under URSA should pay attention to the following records and keep these records meticulously;
* Keeping personnel records such as attendance records, payrolls
* Keeping Occupational Health and Safety records such as building layout plans, business and working license, fire brigade report, building license and occupancy permit and the number of fire cabinets
* Keeping environmental records such as environmental permit certificate, EIA out of scope report, environmental protection documents, waste declarations of the workplace
* Responsible for keeping other records such as recruitment and exit procedure, past audit records, internal and external subcontractor company lists.
“Our aim in the URSA Consultancy service we offer as EKOL certification body; Providing the necessary training or information services to the organizations to be audited, providing necessary documentation assistance, conducting the audit rehearsal, creating the necessary documentation, and informing the personnel and employees about this issue. You can contact us to get support and detailed information on URSA Audit Consultancy.