RFP for Empanelment of Social Audit Agencies for Ascertaining Child Labour through Audits

RFP for Empanelment of Social Audit Agencies for Ascertaining Child Labour through Audits

Organization: Quality Council of India (QCI)

Apply By: 15 Apr 2021

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RFP for Empanelment of Social Audit Agencies for Ascertaining Child Labour through Audits

About the Organization:

The Quality Council of India (QCI) is a non-profit autonomous society registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, set up by the Government of India to establish an accreditation structure in the country and to spread quality movement in India by undertaking a National Quality Campaign.

Request for Proposal:

1. The Council invites competent organizations to be empaneled as fact finding cum audit agencies for ascertaining and reviewing the incidences of child labour through structured audits and corresponding studies in various sectors through this Request for Proposal (RFP).

2. Prospective Applicants may note the following:

  • This request for proposal document is neither an agreement nor an offer by QCI to the prospective agency or any other person
  • This RFP shall in no way guarantee allotment of work to the shortlisted firms. QCI reserves the right to adopt measures deemed fit for allotment of work.
  • The Applicants must submit their applications in accordance with the requirements contained in this RFP.
  • QCI reserves the right to update, amend and supplement the information in this document including qualification process before the last date and time of submission of applications.
  • QCI reserves the right to divide the volume of work among more than one party.
  • Changes in the above schedule, if any, will be made at the sole discretion of the QCI and will be communicated by e-mail to the shortlisted agencies.


  • Principal Authority: The Authority sanctioning the audit/fact finding exercise
  • Quality Council of India: The management and executing body
  • Industry Authority: The Authority from the respective industry which is being audited
  • Agency: The audit organization
  • Monitoring Authority: The Authority Mandated to monitor.

The Assignment and Expected Services from the Agency:

  • The identified agency is broadly expected to conduct fact finding exercises independently or with Quality Council of India and Principal Authority.
  • The agencies would conduct fact finding, audit and assessment of the situation on the basis of parameters/indicators set by Quality Council of India and approved by the Principal Authority.
  • The possible sectors and industries for auditing may include but not limited to industries, textiles, stones & mining, tourism, agriculture, beedi rolling, fishing, construction, bangles, automobiles, e- waste management, carpet, leathers, fire-crackers making, handicrafts, artisans, etc.
  • The industry and timeline for these fact-finding exercises would be pre-decided as per the decision of the Principal Authority
  • Whenever the auditor in the auditing process come across any case of sexual offences committed to a child or information regarding any sexual offence with a child; the auditor shall mandatorily report the matter to the police as provided under section 19 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. In addition, if there is cases of child labour or any such matter where a child or children need immediate support, the auditor shall mandatorily inform the matter and seek help of Child line 1098 (Emergency helpline for children in distress).

Eligibility Criteria for Agencies:

General Requirements:

  • The fact finding cum audit agency shall be registered as a legal entity in India, or a defined part of a legal entity, such that it can be held legally responsible for all its audit activities. A governmental audit body is deemed to be a legal entity on the basis of its governmental status.
  • At least 5 years of experience of conducting fact-finding exercises or audits for any social issue
  • Conducted at least 1 national level fact-finding exercise or audit for any social issue in the relevant sectors
  • At least 5 years of experience of working with Statutory Bodies, State Governments, Central Government or any government organization.
  • Start-up organizations and MSMEs with relevant competence in social audits and children’s issues will be given relaxation for clauses as per guidelines of the Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises, DIPP and Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • The organization should have auditors with qualifications mentioned in clause

Responsibility for audit decisions:

  • The audit agency shall be responsible for and shall retain authority for its decisions relating to audit.

Management of impartiality:

  • The audit agency shall have top management commitment to impartiality.
  • The audit agency shall make a publicly available statement that it understands the importance of impartiality in carrying out its audit activities manages conflict of interests and ensures the objectivity of its audit activities.
  • The audit agency shall take action to respond to any threats to its impartiality arising from the actions of other persons, bodies or organizations
  • All audit agency personnel, either internal or external, or committees, who could influence the audit activities, shall act impartially and shall not allow commercial, financial or other pressures to compromise impartiality.
  • The audit agency shall not provide any service to the clients other than third party conformity assessment.

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