Sustainability is an integral part of our QIMA culture. Our goal is to help our clients, partners and stakeholders build and sustain sustainable and ethical supply. Beyond the solutions we provide, our global teams are committed in making a positive impact to our planet through supporting environmental initiatives and local communities.
Supporting the United Nations Global Compact initiative (UNGC)
Since 2021, we have joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) initiative - a voluntary leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible business practices. Through this platform, we aim to communicate our commitment and best practices through UN Global Compact’s principles and to be a positive contributor for a more sustainable global trade environment.
You can download the full version of our QIMA 2022 UN Global Compact CoP Report to learn about our continuous efforts on supporting the UN Global Compact Principles and their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
About the UN Global Compact
The UN Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Launched in 2000, they are the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 70 Local Networks.
QIMA sustainability projects and initiatives
For QIMA, sustainability and CSR are tightly intertwined with the work we do every day. Environmental protection, human rights, freely chosen decent work, safe working conditions – all of these issues hold very real meaning for us, as we see first-hand the impact they can have on countries, businesses and communities.
In addition to helping our clients bring trust to the global trade, we work with many sustainability-oriented groups and projects that span the business and expert community, as well as NGOs and charitable organizations.
Even as long-term improvement is underway, vulnerable communities need support in the short and medium term, if they are to ever benefit from the big-picture measures. Being a long-time partner of several charitable foundations and green initiatives, we also promote individual participation and contributions from our team members.
The Gratia Foundation is a charity supporting child welfare organizations throughout China. Being a supporter since 2014, QIMA provides dedicated sponsorship for the Children Village in Sichuan, helping ensure that orphaned and disadvantaged children receive good-quality care and education opportunities.
Grow A Tree
The “Grow A Tree” initiative was launched by the Provincial Government of Cebu, Philippines, with the goal of planting 35 million trees by 2020. With QIMA’s Cebu office being a partner of the initiative, our team members have already planted their trees, and will be visiting them regularly in the years to come, helping promote a greener and healthier environment in local communities.
Island Bio is a social and non-for-profit organisation that works to bring social, health and environmental justice to deprived communities in Mauritius. QIMA’s laboratory team supports island bio by providing free pesticide analysis that helps ensure the safety of the community by controlling the maximum pesticide residue limits on their produce.
Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange
Collaboration between all stakeholders is a powerful tool for transforming global supply chains with a focus on safety, sustainability and human rights. At QIMA, we are proud to contribute our know-how and expertise to a number of professional organizations with social and ethical missions.
Associate Auditor Group — Sedex
As part of the world’s largest collaborative platform for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains, QIMA contributes its knowledge to help businesses manage their performance around labor rights, health & safety, the environment, and business ethics.
amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)
Established by amfori (formerly the Foreign Trade Organization) in 2013, the Business Social Compliance Initiative aims to improve social performance in the increasingly complex global supply chains. Being an accredited provider of BSCI amfori audits, QIMA helps international brands and retailers ensure fair working conditions in their supply chains and achieve compliance with the BSCI amfori Code of Conduct.
Initiative for Compliance and Sustainability (ICS)
QIMA is one of the partner auditing bodies of ICS, a group of major retailers working together to sustainably improve conditions for people at work, and responsibly support suppliers. In cooperation with other ICS members, QIMA promotes responsible trade for retail and distribution brands who import products from at-risk countries.
Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)
The Responsible Jewellery Council is a not-for-profit standard-setting and certification organization dedicated to promoting responsible business practices in the jewelry supply chain. Being an RJC-accredited impartial auditor, QIMA helps companies ensure compliance of their jewelry supply chains with the RJC Code of Practices and the Signet Responsible Sourcing Protocol. Visit their website
Social and Labor Convergence Project
QIMA is proud to contribute its ethical audit expertise to the Social and Labor Convergence Project, a social auditing initiative that aims to improve working conditions worldwide through broad cooperation and more effective audit methodologies.
Life and Building Safety Initiative (LABS)
The purpose of the LABS initiative is to improve worker safety in the international apparel and footwear sectors. By participating in the creation of LABS standards for fire, electrical and structural safety, QIMA helps address critical life safety issues in factories globally.
In addition to our participation in the above initiatives and collaborative platforms, QIMA also partners with key players in the international trade community to enable global buyers and sellers to secure and enhance their supply chain management. Our partners include specialized software editors, freight and shipping services providers and trade financing solutions.