When we audit the labor conditions in these countries among important areas to check are both working time recording and wages paid. By inspecting the working time and wage bookkeeping as well as by interviewing the workers the auditors can control that length of the work days, right for days off, payroll and actual payments are all calculated and executed properly.
This year a social audit done in a winery in Argentina revealed defects in wage payments. Based on the mistakes found in bookkeeping the producer was asked to remedy the defects. In South Africa, definition of a living wage emerged in the discussion in all audits even when there were no problems with the payments. For instance, producers justify low wages by the accommodation they provide for workers and their families. On the other hand, the standard of the available accommodation can be very primitive and also a lot more family members can end up living there than was ever intended. Regardless of benefits provided, according to BSCI requirements the employer must at minimum have a plan how wages are improved especially if the living wage requirement was not be fulfilled at the time of audit.