Role aims to ensure that ethical standards are met

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 June, 2007, 12:00am

Manufacturers, distributors and retailers must conform to many product safety standards, industry requirements and even social responsibility conduct in the various countries in which they operate.

Navigating safety and labour regulations can be challenging, especially when the product and the head office are in separate countries.

One company that addresses these issues and has testing facilities in Hong Kong is Intertek. The company also provides certification and advisory services in a variety of industries through an international network of testing experts and state-of-the-art laboratories.

The company, which has 930 offices and laboratories across 109 countries, has found that corporate social responsibility is gaining more attention.

'This role is important because of the increasing awareness of being a good corporate citizen. People now expect companies to treat their employees with respect and dignity,' said Christina Law Sau-mui, president of Intertek Testing Services Hong Kong.

A corporate social responsibility manager is sought to address clients' concerns. As the eyes and ears of global companies, this person will help create a more ethical business environment between buyers, suppliers and employees.

'The buyer is in the west, the supplier in the east, and you need to understand both cultures,' Ms Law said of the need for candidates to be open minded and understand cross-cultural management.

Applicants should have had exposure to labour regulations and experience in consumer products and supply chain principles.