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Surprise Supplier Audits: Pros, Cons, Ideas

PurchTips - Edition # 267

By Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2


Should You Be Doing Surprise Supplier Audits?

A very controversial procurement practice is the surprise supplier audit. A surprise supplier audit is when a buying organization's team shows up at a supplier's facility, without notice, to evaluate the supplier's degree of compliance with contractual requirements such as safety practices, non-use of child labor, etc.

This practice is controversial because it has advantages (pros) as well as disadvantages (cons). Here are some of those pros and cons as well as some ideas for you if you are considering conducting surprise supplier audits.




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