Recommendations following the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

12-02-2020

 

In less than two months the new coronavirus that emerged from the Chinese city of Wuhan has spread around the world, killing over 1000 people in China and infecting hundreds outside of the country. Latest official updates can be found on the World Health Organization’s website.

The Chinese Government has instructed citizens in large cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, and regions close to Hubei province to stay indoors and not leave their homes. This has resulted in production suspension, remote business operation and inter-city border closures over the past weeks, generating global disruption in supply chains. Although production sites are gradually resuming work after the extended Chinese Lunar New Year Holiday, it is still premature to envisage when the production capacity will resume completely.

Impact on amfori activities

- Certain monitoring activities in the region have been cancelled or postponed in agreement with the auditing companies and RSP holders. As per the Chinese Government’s official announcement recommendation, amfori will extend the audit validity of affected producers for three more months following the end of the outbreak.

- Capacity building activities have been postponed for the month of February in China. The below training sessions have been cancelled:

 

11/02/2020

Getting started with amfori BSCI

Shenzhen

12/02/2020

Drafting a Remediation Plan

Shenzhen

18/02/2020

Getting started with amfori BSCI

Shanghai

19/02/2020

Drafting a Remediation Plan

Shanghai

20/02/2020

Introduction to Social Management Systems

Shanghai

25/02/2020

Getting started with amfori BSCI

Qingdao

26/02/2020

Introduction to Social Management Systems

Qingdao

27/02/2020

Building Safety and Fire Safety

Qingdao

 

Should the crisis continue to worsen, further planned capacity building activities in March may also be cancelled or rescheduled for a future date. Should that be the case, amfori will contact registrants in advance and inform via the amfori Academy. Members and producers in China can always benefit from the e-learning opportunities available in this platform.

 

Recommendations for amfori members

- Follow up closely with your local producers to evaluate the potential impact that the outbreak may have in operations and in order to prepare a contingency plan, should it be needed.

- In the event that:

  • A full audit is approaching its expiry date and a follow up audit needs to be requested, or
  • An audit cycle is approaching its expiry date

We recommend the RSP holder:

  • To contact the auditing company to confirm whether the audit can be scheduled or not. If the auditing company confirms the audit cannot be conducted, and the audit comes to expiration, the audit expiry date can be extended by 3 months. The extension will not be visible on the amfori BSCI platform, but will be applicable within the audit request screen.
  • In order to keep the RSP, the member can therefore request an audit for a future date. It is highly recommended to contact the producer and auditing company for more information and agree on the future time windows. You can make use of the field “instructions for auditor” under the Auditor Information section in the audit request screen to further communicate with the auditing company.

- Follow the World Health Organization (WHO) for the latest updates and recommendations. 

- Access our FAQ for more information. Should you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

- Chinese translations are available for this article and FAQs