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Initiative for Compliance and Sustainability (ICS)

Collectively improve working conditions around the world

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Collectively improving working conditions in consumer goods markets

ICS is a member based initiative with the aim of enhancing working conditions in factories operating in the textile, retail, footwear, electronics and furniture sectors. utilising a common methodology and framework defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO), ICS offers retailer and brand members common collaboration tools to share knowledge and reduce ‘audit fatigue’. Uniquely, ICS audits are mandated and managed by members, which ensures total control of the use of ICS tools.

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Our ICS and Responsible Sourcing Assessment services

Actionable insight

We invest in digital platforms that enhance insight into your business, meaning our expertise is underpinned by extensive analytics that address current and future risks.


Expand your knowledge within responsible sourcing with our range of courses that have been designed for varying levels of experience and learning styles.

Advisory Services

Working at a strategic level, our advisory team can help you tackle your biggest problems and directly connect your challenges to specific tactical programmes of work.

Why work with us?

Global capability

We’re everywhere you are. With highly qualified auditors worldwide, we can provide a local service, including ICS, with a globally consistent dedication to excellence.

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Flexible delivery

In many cases, our responsible sourcing services can be delivered on-site or remotely using safe and secure technology. By blending face-to-face and digital methodologies we create a service delivery model to best support your needs.

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A history of firsts

We were first to receive accreditation to deliver certification services for a range of quality, environmental, and health and safety standards across the globe. And we continue to be instrumental in developing a variety of specific standards across different sectors, including the textile, retail, footwear, electronics and furniture.

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Sustainable focus

With over 20,000+ audits carried out every year, including ICS, we are one of the world’s largest ESG specialists. We have developed the world’s first end-to-end supply chain ESG due diligence platform, incorporating unique proprietary data that is verified from the ground up.

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Would you like to transfer your Responsible Sourcing Assessment services to LRQA?

If you hold a valid certificate with another provider and you are considering making the move, transferring your responsible sourcing services to LRQA is simple. We'll work with you to ensure your transfer is as smooth as possible.

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