Ensure sustainability within your supply chain 

Are your suppliers’ operations posing a threat to your sustainability goals? Do you have transparency over your suppliers’ operations? Are your suppliers’ sustainability goals in line with yours?

Validate your suppliers’ alignment with your sustainability goals & objectives

The supplier sustainability audit and risk assessment’s objectives are to assess your supplier’s ability to meet your company’s sustainability requirements and identify potential risks that could impact your company’s reputation, financial performance, or legal compliance.

The supplier sustainability audit evaluates your supplier’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices, including their energy use, waste management, labor practices, human rights policies, and compliance with relevant laws and regulations. The risk assessment helps you identify potential risks related to environmental, social, and governance factors and other aspects that could impact your company’s operations or reputation.


  • Ensure that your company’s suppliers are meeting your sustainability and ethical standards.

    Supplier audits and risk assessments can help ensure your supplier’s compliance with the sustainability and ethical practices that your company requires.

  • Identify potential risks and vulnerabilities in your supply chain.

    By conducting a thorough risk assessment, you can identify potential risks and vulnerabilities that could impact your company’s operations or reputation.

  • Demonstrate your company’s commitment to sustainability and ethical practices.

    Supplier sustainability audits and risk assessments can help demonstrate your company’s commitment to sustainability and ethical practices to your stakeholders, including customers, investors, and employees.

  • Drive continuous improvement in your supply chain.

    Supplier sustainability audits and risk assessments can provide valuable insights into your supply chain, enabling you to identify areas for improvement and develop action plans to drive continuous improvement over time.



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The first step of the supplier sustainability audit and risk assessment service is to analyze and evaluate the inherent risks of your supply chain using recognized sustainable development standards. This audit will focus on the compliance of your suppliers with environmental and social objectives as well as their commitments. Once we assess your suppliers for sustainability, we will initiate appropriate measures to ensure that sustainability criteria are met throughout the supply chain. This service will result in a detailed written report that provides concrete solutions to help reduce the identified risks.


Gaining a better understanding of the risks associated with the business sector is essential. The first step will be to analyze the business context through a survey covering four key areas: human rights, fair labor practices, environmental progress, and anti-corruption policies. Following the initial analysis, a list of suppliers will be selected to confirm the risk level. Once all the relevant information has been gathered, a detailed report will be provided that includes an assessment of the main risks to your company, supplier control levels, and a list of recommended actions to reduce your overall risk.


Auditing a supplier serves two purposes: to verify compliance with your sustainable development standards before contract signature and/or to measure performance improvement over time. On-site audits are an effective way to assess the alignment of a supplier’s practices with the Sustainable Supply Chain (SSC) principles and to identify actions to address any risk. The advantage of on-site audits is that they reveal opportunities that may not be visible through phone or self-assessments.


At Global Partner Solutions, we don’t just identify risks. We will develop an action plan to improve the environmental performance of your suppliers. The outcome will determine priority actions and estimate the compliance gains.

GPSI service delivery is global, so it helps us provide a much broader range of services. They also helped us save time through access of resources and personnel overseas.

Martin Richard


The sustainability supply chain service is essential to any manufacturer with an established ESG vision & mission.

Aerospace & Defense
Energy Manufacturers
Transportation and rail
Complex Manufacturers
Medical Industry


The sustainability supply chain service is essential to any manufacturer with an established ESG vision & mission.



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  • Detailed action plan


Sustainability is critical in optimizing suppliers’ operations, allowing them to align their day-to-day processes with sustainable development principles, environmental responsibility, economic viability, and social equity. 

Supplier sustainability audit and risk assessment are integral to your business or operational strategy that helps you assess your suppliers’ social, environmental, and economic performance. 

The purpose is to determine whether suppliers have a streamlined strategy for operating sustainably and responsibly. Generally, the audit focuses on environmental impact, labor practices, human rights, and governance.

Not performing supplier sustainability audits or risk assessments can lead to many problems, preventing you from streamlining your business operations and creating a sense of trustworthiness, reliability, and efficiency. 

Bear in mind that this is an essential process to ensure sustainable and responsible practices across the supply chains. Assessing your suppliers’ sustainability performance helps you identify potential risks, such as labor abuses, environmental violations, and compliance issues. 

So this allows you to take necessary measures and actionable steps to mitigate the risks. Another reason supplier sustainability audit or risk assessment is essential is that it enables you to implement strategies to improve your business reputation and increase stakeholder trust and loyalty. 

In addition, sustainable supply chains are directly proportional to improved efficiency, reduced waste, lower costs, and increased competitiveness in the market. Similarly, it can help you achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), improving environmental protection and reducing poverty.

Supplier sustainability audit or risk assessment improves your relationships with suppliers and streamlines operations, boosting the overall bottom line. It focuses on the code of conduct in different areas, including health, labor, safety, ethics, environmental, and management systems. 

According to Signify, the process focuses on the company’s commitment, management responsibility and accountability, risk management, legal and customer requirements, improvement objectives, training, communication, audits, and corrective actions. 

Research shows that critical components of supplier sustainability audit or risk assessment are “social,” “environmental,” and “economic” factors. For instance, you must determine where a supplier invests its money. 

Likewise, it would help if you determined whether the supplier shows commitment to sustainability. Next, you must assess the supplier’s operations and find out whether the supplier has implemented environmental programs in its strategy, such as reducing energy consumption and employing a recycling program.

Sustainability audits offer a wide range of benefits to companies in various industries. The primary purpose is to ensure your company works with a reputable, reliable, sustainable supplier. 

So, you must use these assessments as a benchmark to improve operations and ensure that your company and the suppliers throughout the supply chain comply with sustainable practices. According to Supply Chain 247, audits and assessments can reduce the following: 

  • Quality and safety risks 
  • Environmental risks 
  • Supply chain disruptions 
  • Human rights violations 
  • Safety incidents 
  • Non-compliance fines 

In addition, supplier audits or assessments can promote sustainability, safety, and reliability through contractor prequalification, employee-level training, document management, insurance verification, and business intelligence. Other benefits are:

  • Reduced environmental impact
  • Continuity of supply
  • Protection against reputational damage
  • Potential for new partnerships
  • Improved overall bottom line 

Although this varies from company to company in different industries, Pro Kuria recommends conducting supplier audits or risk assessments at least two times a year. However, performing the process every three months can improve results by providing valuable insights. 

You can use these insights to make informed decisions and modify to maintain your strategy, leading to more streamlined business operations. Remember, this depends on various factors, such as size, complexity, and the level of risk in the supply chain. 

So how frequently you should conduct this process depends on your company’s sustainability goals and commitments. Moreover, you can conduct supplier sustainability audits on an ad hoc basis to identify and resolve specific concerns. 

The process involves various teams and departments with experience and skills in supply chain sustainability and management. For example, it involves the CSR department, procurement team, managers with risk management capabilities, and legal department to determine factors like labor laws, human rights, compliance issues, and environmental regulations.

Bear in mind that a supplier sustainability audit and risk assessment involves internal and external stakeholders, including sustainability consultants and auditors, to mitigate the risk of biases and ensure transparency throughout the process. So, you must focus on these elements to optimize the audit. 

According to ESG The Report, reporting is integral to sustainability audits. It provides investors, customers, and employees with valuable insights into business activities, allowing them to demonstrate practical environmental, social, and economic responsibilities. Remember, sustainability reporting directly correlates to improving your company’s risk management strategy. 

Supply chain risk management is an essential strategy that helps you achieve sustainability in your operations and build supply chain resilience. Most companies use the terms “risk management” and “resilience” interchangeably. However, these two are different. 

Resilience is about your supply chain’s elasticity and recovery of speed during a crisis. Therefore, resiliency and adaptability are crucial for protecting your company from complex issues like supply chain disruptions. 

According to JABIL, companies and managers must follow a sophisticated approach and analyze historical and real-time data to develop a risk identification strategy. JABIL recommends the following methods/ways to perform an adequate risk identification process. 

  • Understanding the risk threshold 
  • Defining boundaries and conditions 
  • Identifying critical partners and stakeholders 
  • Managing trade-offs and agreeing on funding models 

Research highlights that sustainability audits and risk assessments are crucial to a business’s survival, especially during environmental and economic crises. Not only does it build a solid culture to align goals with suppliers, but it also helps you monitor progress on metrics. 

You can also streamline monitoring and reporting performance data to identify and mitigate risks. Although supplier sustainability audits offer numerous benefits, most companies find it challenging to optimize the process. Common challenges most businesses experience are:

  • Not leverage relevant technologies for setting priorities, evaluating risks, and targeting opportunities
  • Lack of expertise in auditing products and conducting LCAs
  • Ineffective communication between the company and supplier leading to poor auditing standards and biased risks assessment
  • Insufficient resources for adopting and implementing closed-loop & circular economy models 
  • Not measuring environmental, social, economic, and governance data 
  • Not involving key stakeholders, including internal and external stakeholders, sabotages sustainability efforts

Managing supplier relationships require you to ensure compliance with regulations and ethical standards. However, you must follow a thorough approach and define clear expectations to improve transparency in communication and operations with the supplier. 

For example, you can develop a code of conduct to outline your company’s values and expectations regarding problems like environmental sustainability, human rights, and business ethics. 

In addition, you must evaluate suppliers’ compliance with the defined expectations. You can do this through different methods, such as audits, assessments, and questionnaires. 

Moreover, monitoring and managing supplier performance is essential to optimizing the overall process. You must conduct regular performance evaluations and supplier scorecards and enhance communication to ensure suppliers meet your expectations. 

Furthermore, establishing consequences for non-compliance is essential to ensuring transparency, efficiency, and reliability. The purpose is to reduce risks and streamline compliance with sustainability regulations. You can include termination of supplier relationships, fines, and legal actions. 

“I want to take a moment to thank you. First, we really appreciated the approach of Global Partner Solutions. Your expertise in ESG has provided valuable information that has allowed us to reflect on and achieve specific objectives with our team!

You always think of new and different ways of approaching a challenge; your unique perspective is a tremendous asset to us. We know how important it is for our organizations to switch to ESG mode, but we didn’t know how to get there. Your approach has been valuable in charting the course to achieve our goals.

I will not hesitate to recommend your firm to those who want to excel in the new world of sustainable development.”

-Patrick Paradis, CEO at Giolong International

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