Your solution to supplier vetting
In managing suppliers within a multiple-site and sub-contracting environment, clients are required to do all that is reasonable and practical to protect the health and safety of the collective workforce. To ease the process, Nosa, the largest provider of occupational health and safety services in Africa, has recently launched a supplier vetting solution (SVS).
“Nosa’s SVS is a third-party, independent accreditation programme that assesses the conformance of suppliers to international best practices and responsible supply chain management,” explains Duncan Carlisle, CEO of Nosa.
“It is a leading health, safety, environment, quality, and social accountability assessment tool, which provides an integrated solution to organisation-wide risk management.”
Nosa’s SVS ensures that all suppliers undergo a process of compliance before being allowed on site. This means that all preferred suppliers meet the standards set by their clients.
The vetting process is broken down into five steps:
1. Nosa works with the client to develop a customised compliance questionnaire. This can be based on any number of pillars, including: health, safety, environment, quality, and legal and social accountability.
2. Suppliers are invited to register through Nosa’s web-based vetting platform and set up their supplier profile.
3. Suppliers answer the questionnaire and upload any relevant documentation.
4. Nosa’s vetting officers perform a document review to ensure system compliance. If required, Nosa will conduct on-site compliance audits.
5. Based on the results of the document review and on-site auditing process, suppliers are rated compliant and added to the preferred supplier list.
Companies have access to a live dashboard, which gives them full transparency into the compliance of their supply chains. It also provides a list of all preferred suppliers, giving the procurement department a database from which to select suppliers.
The dashboard also gives companies an opportunity to identify weaknesses within their supply chain and provide assistance through supplier development.
Reinhardt Grobler, project manager at Nosa, stresses: “It is not a disqualification process; a number of multinational companies, specifically those in high risk environments, have used the service to identify areas of weakness within their supply chain and have then provided services to improve these.”