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RBA assessment tools help members meet our standards and drive continuous improvement.
To hold members accountable to RBA standards and membership requirements, the RBA provides assessment tools to members to help them measure and better understand how they are meeting RBA standards and membership requirements, and what gaps remain. Where assessment tools show that standards are not being met, the RBA also provides tools for members to remedy gaps and put in place appropriate systems to prevent reoccurrences in the future.
For a complete listing of membership requirements, please view this page.
A requirement of RBA membership is the completion of an annual self-assessment. The self-assessment is designed to help members identify their greatest social, environmental and ethical risks in their supply chains so they can take action to remedy existing Code of Conduct violations, and put in place systems to prevent violations from occurring in the future. The self-assessment is primarily a tool for members own due diligence by providing a mechanism to assess their own risk management systems and identify gaps. As members’ supply chains change (for example, suppliers change or materials used by suppliers change), members’ risks will subsequently change and require a re-assessment of risks to workers’ rights and the environmental health of surrounding communities.
RBA members are required to complete self-assessments at the corporate level and at the facility level at their own manufacturing facilities. Members are also strongly encouraged to use the self-assessment as a key part of their risk assessment of suppliers' facilities in their supply chain. The self-assessment checks for a range of supply chain risks that could constitute violations of the RBA Code of Conduct.
The RBA provides its members with a risk assessment template that they may use called the Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ), as well as a high-level risk assessment tool. Members must use the SAQ on their own facilities and at the corporate level, and for supplier facilities they have the option of using the SAQ or a risk assessment tool.
In the RBA’s continuing efforts to provide its members with best-in-class risk assessment tools, we have partnered with Verisk Maplecroft to offer an advanced risk assessment tool, with global risk indicies aligned with RBA’s Code of Conduct. RBA members are encouraged to use this as their high-level risk assessment tool. Members can access the tool via RBA Online. For more information on the tool, please click here.
RBA recommends that members take advantage of both the Verisk Maplecroft tool and the SAQ to evaluate risk in their global supply chain, as they provide complementary information on suppliers’ inherent risk on CSR issues, and the controls and management systems these suppliers are using to mitigate their social and environmental risks.
Please note these are samples only and companies are strongly encouraged to complete the SAQ online through RBA Online.
One of the most fundamental RBA programs is the Validated Asessment Process (VAP), the leading standard for onsite compliance verfication and effective, shareable assessments. Since 2009, RBA members have completed more than 2,500 VAP onsite compliance assessments conducted by independent third-party audit firms that have been approved by the RBA to execute the VAP protocol. As the program has grown it has become more complex, with hundreds of auditors from nine firms in more than 20 countries. The current RBA VAP, version 5.1.1 went into effect in February, 2017.
VAP onsite compliance verification carried out on RBA member facilities and their suppliers' facilities are completed by independent, third-party auditors specially trained in social and environmental auditing and the VAP protocol. The RBA offers trainings for auditors and corporate audit program managers. The trainings are run by the internationally recognized nonprofit supply chain sustainability group Verité at multi-day, in-person trainings that take place several times per year. Please see the RBA events calendar for a complete listing of these trainings.
For additional information about the VAP, including preparatory documents, please see our VAP page.
At this time, RBA members may choose not to use the Validated Assessment Process for their supply chain sustainability audits (although they must use the RBA VAP protocol for their audits). Members that choose not to use the VAP can complete approved customer-managed assessments (CMAs) or auditee-managed assessments (AMAs) as long as they use an approved third-party VAP audit firm, have their auditors approved by the RBA Assessment Program Manager, and execute the RBA VAP protocol in its entirety.
For more about how members fulfill their membership requirements in regards to auditing, please visit the RBA membership page.
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