Omega Compliance Committed
To Supply Chain Integrity
and supply chain security services are fueling the strong double-digit growth of Omega Compliance,
a standalone subsidiary of sourcing specialist William E. Connor & Associates Ltd.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the company tells just-style why its momentum on
responsible sourcing shows no sign of slowing down.
"We're really in a unique position. What we do actually has a major impact on the lives of people in the factories
in which we work," Jon White, managing director of Omega Compliance explains.
The statement is not an exaggeration. The company, which was spun off as a standalone subsidiary of William E. Connor in 2006, spans Asia's main apparel producing countries and has experienced double-digit growth over the last few years as demand for specialist quality assurance, compliance, and supply chain security work grows.
This is particularly true of the apparel and footwear industry, the largest sector for Omega Compliance, accounting for 40% of its work and including clients such as Adidas and Columbia Sportswear. And its progress is clear. When it was set up,
Omega Compliance solely served Connor clients, but fast-forward to today and 80% of its business is from
non-Connor relationships, with social accountability the biggest growth area for the company.
White sees it remaining this way. "We're providing that service in 30 countries all over the world," he tells just style. His eight-year career in the Hong Kong police is also proving beneficial for another of the firm's growth drivers: integrity
investigations services, such as conflicts of interest, bribery and fraud. Fraud and corruption has become an all too common theme across many supply chains, and is a threat to business that brands and retailers are increasingly keen to stamp out. This can include purchase orders being awarded to poorly qualified suppliers, factories with egregious ethical issues, or defective
shipments being passed by quality inspectors. Omega's integrity service is unique in the industry, but even White admits that while supply chain integrity can be tackled, there is never a 100% guarantee of it being totally eradicated.