A supplier on-site survey includes a lot of information about the factory’s operations. Next, I will open up what the SOS report consists of in general. Please note that this is not all the info that is included in the report, there is much more!
So, besides information only in text, pictures are provided to ensure the truthfulness.
I took some pictures of a SOS report of a kitchenware factory where our inspector John went to last week:
What is the difference between a factory audit and supplier on-site survey then? Basically, a factory audit (FAD) is more complete than SOS; assessing the manufacturing capabilities in more detail. All the things that are done in an SOS are also done in an FAD. So basically by doing a factory audit, you get a much better view of your potential supplier.
We suggest to start with Supplier On-Site Surveys (SOS) or Supplier Capability Self-Assessments (SCA) for your suppliers. These are very affordable reports that allow you to filter any potential suppliers based on a self assessment coordinated with a local SBE Analyst.
And remember! We do this (and all other audits and inspections) in real-time, which means that if you remember something that you want to ask/ check from the supplier, you can contact our inspector even though he/ she would already be at the site!
See more about SOS and a sample report here.
See the audits FAQ and video here.