Our partners

ICS is comitted in the global initiative

The Sustainability Standards website, also available at www.standardsmap.org, provides comprehensive, verified and transparent information on voluntary sustainability standards and other similar initiatives covering issues such as food quality and safety. The main objective of the programme is to strengthen the capacity of producers, exporters, policymakers and buyers, to participate in more sustainable production and trade.

Learn more at: http://www.standardsmap.org/identify

Partners in alphabetical order


Incorporated in 2007 as a branch of Asia Pacific Inspection Ltd. (Hong Kong, 1994), API Audit has been expanding ever since and has developed a pool of trained auditors performing over 500 audits per year to assist leading international retailers in promoting sustainability and corporate social responsibility in their supply chains.

Through its audits API seeks to involve all parties in the supply chain in social responsibility, in particular such aspects as integrity, transparency, work environment, labor conditions, energy use and evaluation of social, cultural and environmental impacts, thus enabling client companies to improve and maintain their positive image and model status in the international arena.

Learn more at: www.api-hk.com or contact us at audit@api-hk.com.

Since 2005, AQM Group expert teams provide Quality Assurance services to the main European textile & apparel retailers. AQM provides inspection, technical & lab testing services.

AQM Audit was created in 2013 in Bangladesh, with the same ambition: providing a better and customized service to customers. In 2015 social audit teams, all SA8000 certified, are operational in the whole AQM Group.

With over 200 employees, AQM Group is present through its local subsidiaries in Asia and Euromed: China, India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar & Turkey.

Learn more at: www.aqm-france.com

With nearly two decades of experience in supply chain labor and sustainability practices, the experts at Arche Advisors offer relevant and in-depth expertise to businesses. Arche Advisors have experience in a range of industries, including manufacturing, food processing, agriculture and extractives. Areas of expertise include social and due diligence assessments, core labor standards, workshops covering child labor, forced labor, discrimination and freedom of association, in-house training and education, and more.                        

Learn more at: archeadvisors.comhttp://www.api-hk.com/

AsiaInspection (AI) is a leading quality control and compliance service provider that partners with brands, retailers and importers globally to secure and optimize their supply chain.

AI Supplier Audit Programs include Manufacturing, Ethical, Structural and Environmental Audits. Clients from over 120 countries benefit from web-based mobile friendly account management, fast scheduling.

With over 1,000 inspectors and auditors classified by product range and account managers speaking 20 languages, AsiaInspection is Your Eyes in the Factory!™

Learn more at: http://www.asiainspection.com


Established in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in conformity assessment services in the areas of quality, health and safety, environment and social responsibility. With 2011 reported revenues of €4.55bn, the group employs more than 69,000 people working in 1,400 offices in 140 countries and 340 accredited laboratories globally, with our head office in Paris, France.

The Consumer Products Services Division of Bureau Veritas (BVCPS) employs the resources of over 12,000 employees to provide comprehensive inspection, assessment and testing services to the world’s leading global retailers, manufacturers, brands, vendors and importers of consumer products. The BVCPS business is a fully verticalized global operation where management structures, decision-making processes and strategies allow for a high degree of autonomy. This enables a specialist approach to service excellence in a rapidly changing world.

Learn more at: www.bureauveritas.fr

Intertek is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world. Intertek supports customers through its network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 33,000 people in more than 100 countries. This independent laboratory and organization helps local and international companies to ensure their products meet quality, safety, hygiene and ethical & environmental standards worldwide.

Learn more at: www.intertek-france.com

To ensure that a business’s processes are socially responsible from receipt of raw materials to product delivery, SGS offers a range of audit, inspection, training and certification services to assess production site performance against social responsibility standards and monitor progress in a continuous improvement approach. Thanks to SGS input, businesses can commit to improving work conditions with regard to staff health and safety, countering discrimination, improving wage and collective bargaining conditions, the working hours system, and eliminating child and forced labor.

SGS has the largest network of highly skilled and experienced social auditors in the world to guide businesses to better supply chain management. As an accredited auditing body for Social Clause Initiative(SCI), SGS conducts audits to assess supplier compliance with the requirements of the SCI code of conduct, notably in developing countries.

 Learn more at:  www.sgsgroup.fr

TÜV Rheinland is a leading provider of technical services worldwide. Since 1872 we have been developing safe and sustainable solutions for the challenges arising from the interaction between man, environment and technology. As an independent, neutral and professional organization, we are committed to working towards a future that can fulfill the needs of both mankind and the environment in the long term.

TÜV Rheinland's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) auditing service can help you identify the areas in which improvements are needed to meet related compliance codes and develop and implement an effective CSR management system. Our wide scope spans into CSR-related areas and allows us to deliver social audits in a diverse range of industries including: manufacturing, automotive, consumer goods and retail industries.

Our proven experience in CSR auditing is conducted by a competent team of experts who are accredited under following schemes: SAAS, ICTI, BSCI, SCI, ETI and EICC. We also verify CSR/sustainability reports to ensure they fulfill Global Reporting Initiative guidelines and assess the implementation of your supplier's management system through second-party audits.

 Learn more at:  www.tuv.com

UL is a leader in the field of responsible sourcing services, specializing in monitoring, education, program development and management. UL has developed and implemented supplier monitoring programs for over 60 major brands and retailers, and over 500 manufacturers in such fields as: garments, home furnishings, general consumer merchandise, cosmetics, agriculture/food processing and production, high-tech electronics, jewelry and toys.  UL has a total of more than 200 auditors on staff in 32 countries, and conducted over 19,000 workplace assessments in 150 countries in 2011.

 Learn more at:  www.ul.com