covert visits to vendors to confirm they are in compliance with agreed
standards (examples of this category are underage workers, environmental
standards violations and unsafe working conditions). Such operations can
confirm activities such as kickbacks, conflicts of interest, or
violations of company ethics policy.
These types of operations are designed to preclude
potential negative publicity and subsequent consumer activism, resulting
from the unethical practices of these subcontractors, which has happened
to numerous brands manufacturing their products in Asia.