June, 2016:

JAC welcomes AT&T, Rogers  and Telefónica expanding its membership to the Americas

The Joint Audit Cooperation (JAC) is pleased to welcome new members AT&T, Rogers and Telefónica to its group. JAC is an association of telecom operators aiming to verify, assess and develop the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) implementation across the manufacturing supply chain of its suppliers in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) industry.

The Joint Audit Cooperation was founded in 2010 and is now at 13 member companies, with 3 new members having joined in 2016, expanding its member presence to North and South America. The current list of members are: AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, KPN, Orange, Proximus, Rogers, Swisscom, Telefónica, Telenor, Telia Company, TIM, Verizon and Vodafone. Collectively these member companies serve approximately 2 billion customers worldwide.

Today’s global supply chains are becoming increasingly complex and variable due to the dynamic nature of suppliers changing through acquisition, growing and shrinking up and down all tiers of supply.

Stakeholders such as NGO’s, consumers, investors and the public demand that large companies ensure they operate sustainably and responsibly across all tiers of the supply chain on topics such as protecting worker human rights, respecting the environment and operating ethically. Achieving this objective requires working together across industry with other peers and suppliers – JAC utilizes a standardized approach to ensuring a responsible supply chain by leveraging a common methodology and shared tools.

The JAC approach, combining CSR assessments and on-site audits using third party independent audit firms, is mutually beneficial for both JAC member companies and suppliers: JAC members leverage the sharing of resources and best practices, thus increasing the scale of CSR assessments and follow up processes with the benefit of reducing duplication of multiple audits of the same supplier.
This results focusing greater effort on improvements and saving cost and time saved. Suppliers common to JAC member companies only have to undertake one CSR audit on behalf of all telecom operators using a single standard audit process methodology. This has helped overcome resistance from suppliers created through audit fatigue.

JAC is also partnering with EcoVadis to enhance the supplier verification process by making audit data and corrective action information available through a common online platform shared confidentially between JAC member companies and suppliers.

For more information on the JAC initiative, visit the website: JAC is open to new telecom operators wishing to join the collaboration.

If you wish to contact JAC for more information please use the contact form here.

Press contact: Bernardo Scammacca
Chairman of the JAC Operational Committee