Factories in China and Malaysia complete independent audits

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Each year ASSA ABLOY performs independent audits the performance of its factories in various social and ethical dimensions.

In 2010 ASSA ABLOY continued to gauge the performance of its factories in various social and ethical dimensions. Project management company Hifab and local partners audited the factories in Xiaolan, China, and Johor Bahru, Malaysia, to assess their development in terms of work environment and social responsibility.

The audits were conducted in line with internationally accepted procedures, and included an opening meeting with management and key staff, a factory inspection, management interviews, documentation reviews, interviews with selected workers at the factory and a closing meeting with management.

The audit team at ASSA ABLOY in China stated that: “The employees are content and appreciate their management team’s efforts. A complete EHS (Environmental Health and Safety) management system is in place and the factory is clean. There is room for improvement, which will be facilitated by the factory’s well-developed communication culture.”

The audit team at ASSA ABLOY in Malaysia said that: “The factory in Malaysia may very well function as a role model for other factories in terms of its approach to social aspects.
The easily accessible Employee Handbook covers policies and the Code of Conduct. Meanwhile, a ‘Job Rotation Matrix’ enables the employees to gradually improve their overall competence in the factory’s different work stations.