As an exporter, you should choose a social certification standard that fits your company best. To determine which standard fits your needs you will need to determine your objectives and compare the different standards available to see which one helps you meet them. We have developed three important steps to guide you on this process.
Determine your needs and objectives
You should look for standards that help you achieve your objective and goal. Maybe you have a buyer that wants you to certify according to a specific standard before you can become a supplier. You can also use standards to enter a new market or distinguish yourself from your competition.
Guiding questions that might help you determine your needs and objectives:
- What do you want to obtain with a social certification?
- What problems do you have, that you expect this standard to solve?
- What do you expect to gain from having this certification?
- How can this standard help you achieve your goal?
You should also think of benefits that standards might offer your company, such as market access. By the adoption of standards, you can distinguish yourself as a socially responsible company and demonstrate the integrity of your product and company.
Another added value of social standards is that it gives you credibility because they are assessed by a third party and verified by an independent control body. This might help you strengthen your reputation towards buyers.
In general, certified products can claim a higher price, but this depends on the product, its quality, the social standard that you have and whether you can sell your product as certified. Also take into account that you will have to make investments to pass an audit.
Another benefit is improved traceability, you must have a satisfactory traceability system, which tracks and audits your supply chain. Buyers might be interested in this value.