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The BSCI is based on the labour standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other important international regulations like the UN Charta for Human Rights, as well as on national regulations. This initiative aims at continuously improving the social performance of suppliers, ultimately enhancing working conditions in factories worldwide.
The BSCI monitoring system :
Provides standardized management tools for all companies in all countries
Supplies a database: information pool to optimize coordination of the process
Is open to retailers, importers, and manufacturers
Involves all stakeholders in Europe and supplier countries
Report valid for two years.
The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is a leading supply chain management system that supports companies to drive social compliance and improvements within the factories and farms in their global supply chains. BSCI implements the principle international labour standards protecting workers’ rights such as International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and declarations, the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and guidelines for multinational enterprises of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
BSCI works to tackle these challenges by offering one common Code of Conduct and one single Implementation System that enable all companies sourcing all types of products from all geographies to collectively address the complex labour issues of their supply chain. To ease the implementation of the BSCI Code of Conduct, we develop - with the input of participating companies and stakeholders - a broad range of tools and activities to audit, train, share information and influence key actors towards improving labour conditions in the supply chain of participating companies.
One single Code of Conduct
One single Implementation System
Various tools and activities to support companies and producers
For all retailers, importers and brand companies
For all types of products
For all sourcing countries
We are neither an auditing company nor an accreditation system: We provide companies with a social auditing methodology and report. We do not organise audits ourselves but provide a network of external accredited, experienced and independent auditing companies. Also, as part of the BSCI approach, social audits only represent one pillar of activity, complementary to capacity building and strong relations with all stakeholders of the supply chain.
We are not a certification scheme: BSCI's approach supports companies towards embedding more responsible business practices which are shared with their business partners to gradually improve working conditions in their supply chain.
The BSCI System Manual defines and establishes a special emergency procedure to be followed by auditors when a Zero Tolerance issue -such as flagrant human rights violations or unethical behaviour that compromises the integrity of the BSCI audit- is identified during a check. In case of Zero Tolerance issue found but missed by the auditing company, the QC executor is requested to report the case to the BSCI secretariat for further investigation.