Demonstrate your commitment to humane working conditions with Business Social Compliance Initiative
With interest in the social cost of manufacturing on the rise, it is important for retailers, manufacturers, importers and trading companies to implement a process for managing risks related to supply chain social compliance. The discovery of unethical or unlawful working practices in supply chains can lead to tarnished brand reputations and poor financial results. Suppliers that work with various trading companies can save time and money through a social compliance initiative that eliminates the need for multiple audits.
What is the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)?
The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is a broad based business-driven platform for social compliance monitoring and qualification of the supply chain. The BSCI Code of Conduct includes elements of legal compliance, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, prohibition of discrimination, compensation, working hours, workplace health and safety, prohibition of child labour, prohibition of forced and compulsory labour and disciplinary measures, environment and safety issues.
Why is BSCI important?
The BSCI audit protocol demonstrates commitment to ethical treatment of a company’s workforce throughout the entire supply chain. BSCI participants have exclusive access to the BSCI database, clear assessment of audit results, an enhanced relationship with suppliers and an improved reputation. Suppliers of BSCI participants can avoid the need for multiple audits through recognition by different BSCI participants, improve their awareness of working conditions and ethical audit protocols, and leverage a good result in a BSCI audit to gain an easier access for the SA8000® certification process.