Assurance In Action



Welcome to the Intertek Business Assurance Podcast, Assurance in Action, your hub for quality insights and information from our Intertek experts. Learn what our people are saying about important industry trends ranging from food safety standards to supplier management and everything in between! With new and recurring guests, we are poised to provide you the knowledge needed to enhance your business processes, operations, and safety.


  • The Developing Vegan Food Industry

    17/06/2021 Duration: 13min

    Total Food Safety. Assured.The vegan product industry has been growing steadily in the past few years. But what does vegan mean? How do we know that a food labelled “vegan” is actually completely plant based? In this webinar, Sandra Meixner, Global Food Authenticity ATIC Program Manager and Jürgen Schlösser, food authenticity expert discuss the growth in the vegan testing industry and the difficulties in creating and testing vegan foods.   Social Media:LinkedIn |

  • Building Back Ever Better with a More Sustainable Supply Chain

    03/06/2021 Duration: 14min

    Total Supply Chain Sustainability. Assured.One of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is its impact on the climate change crisis. How we act now is critical to the social and economic recovery of the world.  In the latest Assurance in Action podcast, Calin Moldovean, Business Assurance and Food Services president and Simona Romanoski, Vice President of Business Assurance Innovation discuss sustainability in the supply chain, the solutions governments and organizations are implementing, and how Intertek can help companies build back ever better.   Social Media: LinkedIn | TwitterLinks: Corporate Sustainability Risk Management Certification | Operational SustainabilityBuild Back Ever Better

  • Accessibility in Travel and Tourism

    20/05/2021 Duration: 36min

    Travel by people with disabilities is rapidly increasing. Yet, accessible travel is still an issue in the tourism industry. In this podcast, Intertek Cristal COO Rhiannon Parker chats with Josh Wintersgill, founder of ableMove, and global advocate for improvements for accessibility in the travel and tourism sector.  Together, they discuss the state of accessible travel, the new technologies available in the industry, and how the industry needs to adapt to allow everyone to enjoy travel with dignity.  LinksIntertek Cristal - AccessCheckableMoveIntertek Cristal - LinkedIn - Twitter - InstagramIntertek Business Assurance - Linkedin - Twitter

  • Approaching Sustainable Governance

    06/05/2021 Duration: 12min

    Total Sustainability. Assured.The responsibility to uphold sustainable business practices is needed across the entirety of an organisation through effective and sustainable governance. In this episode of Total Sustainability in Progress, Lucie Messenger, Intertek’s Commercial director, discusses sustainable governance and how it translates to sustainable success.Intertek’s new Corporate Sustainability Governance certification standard helps build an accountable and diverse governance structure within the organisation. The standard also forms more transparent stakeholder engagement, and a positive brand reputation through media and crisis response communications. Listen to this episode of Total Sustainability in Progress to learn more about sustainable governance.Social Media: LinkedIn | TwitterLinks: Corporate Sustainability Risk Management Certification | Operational Sustainability

  • Saving the Bees From Within the Honey Supply Chain

    22/04/2021 Duration: 23min

    Honey crystallization is a major cause of consumer discontent with honey products they find on the shelf in their grocery store. In reality, crystallized honey is not at all harmful and just as good as liquid honey. It is simply a reaction due to the glucose and fructose ratios in a jar of honey. Intertek works within the honey supply chain to assure that the product reaching consumers is the best it can be. In this podcast Sandra Meixner, Klaus Beckmann and Britta Bellersen discuss what Intertek is doing to help #SaveTheBees.Links:Intertek - Honey AnalysisIntertek  - NMR Honey Profiling

  • Supply Chain Insights for September/October 2020

    29/10/2020 Duration: 36min

    In this episode of Assurance in Action’s Supply Chain insights, Intertek supply chain experts Simona Romanoschi and Raquel Sese discuss sustainability and circular economy practices in global markets, as well as what some companies are doing to set and achieve sustainability goals. Intertek’s Supply Chain Assurance Newsletter offers monthly updated on trends and topics related to the global supply chain.LINKS:View the Supply Chain Assurance NewsletterSign up for the newsletter

  • Ethical Sourcing Forum - Autumn Series Episode Two

    07/10/2020 Duration: 40min

    In episode two of our Ethical Sourcing Forum autumn podcast series UKTF CEO Adam Mansell and Ethical Trade Initiative Executive Director Peter McAllister discuss topics related to the exploitation of UK apparel workers.Links:UKFTEthical Trade Initiative

  • Ethical Sourcing Forum - Autumn Series Episode One

    28/09/2020 Duration: 48min

    Improving Sourcing Standards within the UK Apparel SectorIn this episode, special guests Alistair Knox and David Camp discuss trending issues in UK apparel sourcing. Alistair Knox is the Chairman for the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry and David Camp is the Chief Executive of allianceHR Ltd.Links:ASBCIallianceHR 

  • Supply Chain Insights for August/September 2020

    24/09/2020 Duration: 23min

    In this episode of Assurance in Action’s Supply Chain insights, Intertek supply chain experts Justin Bettey and Mary Osterman discuss changes in the cotton industry, increased traceability measures by large retailers and brands and more. Intertek’s Supply Chain Assurance Newsletter offers monthly updated on trends and topics related to the global supply chain. LINKS:View the Supply Chain Assurance NewsletterSign up for the newsletter

  • Supply Chain Insights for July/August 2020

    20/08/2020 Duration: 30min

    In this episode of Assurance in Action’s Supply Chain insights, Intertek supply chain experts Astrid Walstra and Jenna Pires talk about how the food supply chain has been affected by COVID-19 and what food manufacturers are doing to protect their workers and their customers, in addition to ensuring their products are safe. Intertek’s Supply Chain Assurance Newsletter offers monthly updated on trends and topics related to the global supply chain. Links:Article – Tyson FoodsArticle – PPE shortageSign up for the Supply Chain Assurance Newsletter

  • Supply Chain Insights for May/June 2020

    09/06/2020 Duration: 35min

    In this second edition of Assurance in Action's Supply Chain Insights, Intertek supply chain experts Elma Christian and Johnny Sandhu discuss the effects of Covid-19 on supply chain workers and Modern Slavery efforts, workplace legislation, and strides brands are taking to address workers' rights. If you would like to stay up to date on supply chain news, Intertek's Supply Chain Assurance Newsletter offers monthly updates on trends and topics related to the global supply chain.Links:Article - TescoArticle - Central American WorkersArticle - India Labour LawsSocial Media - Linkedin - Twitter

  • Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry

    27/05/2020 Duration: 17min

    As the tourism and hospitality industry grows year over year sustainability and resilience have become a major focus by hoteliers globally. Now more than ever sustainable business is needed for continued industry growth. In this episode of Assurance In Action, Intertek's Rajesh Balakrishnan discusses key focus areas for sustainable hospitality management, including ISO 21401, Sustainability management system for accommodation establishments. Rajesh also discusses trending topics and successes from organisations globally.Links:ISO 21401 successIntertek ProtekIntertek SustainabilityAbout ISO 21401

  • Supply Chain Insights for April/May 2020

    14/05/2020 Duration: 24min

    In a rapidly changing world, up to date information is important for any decision maker in the supply chain, which is why Intertek has started the Ethical Sourcing Forum series on Assurance in Action. Once a month, Intertek's Supply Chain experts will share their highlights from the previous few weeks and how it relates to an ever-changing, ever-growing global supply chain. This episode features Intertek's Catherine Beare and Justin Bettey discussing supply chain resilience and more. Links for these articles can be found below. To subscribe to our newsletter which features these stories and more, please visit our sign up form.SOURCES/LINKS:Clothing makers in Asia give stark coronavirus warningSedex with &Wider launches worker reporting programmeModern slavery and COVID-19: Guidance Note sets out increased risk from pandemic on global supply chain workersNestlé partners with IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative to increase food securityLab beef specialist Aleph Farms pledges to achieve net zero emissions

  • Sustainability Journey Highlight - Clipper Logistics (UK)

    29/04/2020 Duration: 14min

    In this episode of Assurance in Action, Richard Cowlishaw, Group HR Director of Clipper Logistics, a supply chain solutions provider, discusses the need for governance through a third party audit, the tangible improvements and benefits seen from utilizing Intertek’s auditors, and Clipper’s motivation for implementing the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) 3 Pillar audit programme. SMETA is an audit methodology designed to help auditors conduct high quality audits that encompass all aspects of responsible business practice, covering Sedex’s four pillars of Labour, Health and Safety, Environment and Business Ethics. Links:Clipper Logisticssedex.comSMETA AuditsTOTAL SUSTAINABILITY ASSURANCE

  • Mitigating Cyber Risk with Data Protection Measures

    15/04/2020 Duration: 18min

    Cyber risk has been a growing concern for businesses globally over the past decade. In order to mitigate cyber risk companies are prioritising the necessary measures and training to make sure that their intellectual property and private information don’t fall into the wrong hands. In this episode of Assurance in Action, Intertek’s Tatiana Dragolova, Information Security Management Systems Lead Auditor discusses the importance of data protection, training, and key trends that businesses are capitalising on to make sure they are prepared for cyber-attack.

  • Supply Chain Assurance - Trends

    19/03/2020 Duration: 21min

    The global supply chain is becoming more complex everyday. Since our first episode of Assurance in Action in 2018, discussing trends in the supply chain, technological advancements and industry trends have shaped the way brands and suppliers do business. In this episode of Assurance in Action, Intertek’s Catherine Beare discusses key trends in the supply chain covering topics such as climate action and risk visibility and more.Links:Intertek Supply Chain AssuranceIntertek InlightSocial Media - Linkedin - Twitter

  • Environmental Sustainability

    11/12/2019 Duration: 17min

    In this episode of Assurance in Action, Sabrina Cescolini, Program Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Jeff Eves, Program Manager, Green Services, and Eric Saigeon, Global Sustainability & Energy Manager discuss what organisations need to look for as they become more sustainable, the steps companies can take to protect the environment, and the standards Intertek offers to help organisations with their sustainability goals.To learn more about sustainability and to listen to more episodes like this one, please check out the Total Sustainability in Progress podcast!Social Media: LinkedIn | TwitterLinks: Corporate Sustainability Risk Management Certification | Operational Sustainability

  • Sustainable Risk Management

    14/11/2019 Duration: 16min

    Business risk includes any potential threat that could prevent your organisation from achieving its goals. Managing that risk is integral to your organisation’s overall sustainability objectives. Businesses need risk management processes in place that verify its insurance coverage, risk processes, controls and reporting, in addition to verifying a plan for business continuity and disaster recovery. From issues such as continuity and innovation, organisations are faced with challenges and potential business interruption every day. Learn how organisations can face those challenges to maintain their business and thrive in an ever changing world. In this episode of Assurance in Action, David Muil discusses key sustainability factors that businesses must consider when addressing how they manage risk. This episode was originally released through Total Sustainability in Progress, the podcast for organisations looking to create a more sustainable future. To listen to more of Total Sustainability in Progress, visit in

  • Sustainability in the Fashion Industry

    31/10/2019 Duration: 26min

    In this episode on Assurance in Action, Supply Chain Assurance Senior Director, Catherine Beare gives an overview of ethical supply chains in the fashion industry. The fashion industry supply chain can have issues with forced labour, harassment issues, and health and safety hazards. Production can also affect the environment through energy usage, wastewater, emissions to air, and more. These days, brands and buyers alike are demanding transparency in supply chains. Catherine discusses how big brands are working to understand the problem and what steps they are taking to improve workplace conditions and ensure a more sustainable supply chain.LINKSSustainable Apparel Coalition Fashion Revolution Ellen MacArthur FoundationThe United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion Intertek Workplace Conditions AssessmentSocial Media - Linkedin - Twitter

  • Sustainable Quality & Safety

    17/10/2019 Duration: 27min

    In this episode of Assurance in Action, Julie Press, Programme Manager for Intertek's Business Assurance Innovation team, discusses sustainable practices for Quality and Safety in an organisation.This episode was also released on our new podcast Total Sustainability in Progress.Quality and safety are an important part of the sustainability of your organisation. They factor into the planning and principles of every successful business, ensuring transparency in your operations and manufacturing, allowing you to measure business risk, capacity and capabilities, workplace conditions, product quality and safety, security and environmental sustainability. security and environmental sustainability.Social Media: LinkedIn | TwitterLinks: Corporate Sustainability Risk Management Certification | Operational SustainabilityListen to all of Total Sustainability in Progress and share your thoughts on sustainability!

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