Having full control of the supply chain and monitoring its every aspects can be a hard task when suppliers are all over the world. Beyond product quality, workers protection and social standards are important elements to keep in mind when choosing a supplier. Indeed, while some countries have strict legislation to protect workers rights, other parts of the world do not benefit from similar safe environments.
The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) internationally promotes the protection of social standards throughout the supply chain across every industry. By implementing a common code of conduct and a single implementation system, the BSCI supports propers monitoring through all sourcing activities along the supply chain.
We will today learn more about the BSCI and how to implement it with your suppliers.
Founded in 2003 by the Foreign Trade Association (FTA), the BSCI was originally a public-private partnership with the GTZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH) to standardize the working conditions of german suppliers in 11 countries. Today, the initiative has its headquarters in Brussels and unites around 2000 companies to further improve social work conditions around the world.
BSCI Code of Conduct
The BSCI Code of Conduct is inspired by several important texts in social protections such as :
- The International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and declarations
- The United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
- The Guidelines for multinational enterprises of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
The companies involved in the BSCI have to observe this code of conduct, to inform their workers about their rights and responsibilities, influence their business partners in the protection of their employees and provide a complaints and suggestions systems for employees.
The Code of conduct is organized around the 11 following social principles:
- The Right of Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
- Fair remuneration
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Special Protection for young workers
- No bonded labour
- Ethical business behaviour
- No discrimination
- Decent working hours
- No child labour
- No precarious employment
- Protection of the environment
BSCI 2.0 - Implementation System
The implementation of the BSCI code of conduct is driven through the BSCI 2.0. It offers advice and provides support to companies on how to best implement the BSCI requirements.
The approach is based on the following steps:
- Monitoring of every participant and producer measure through the use of social audits
- Empowering employees and producers with the BSCI community and partners
- Engaging stakeholders including governments, business associations, buyers, suppliers, trade unions, NGOs, etc
It is important to note that the BSCI does not provide any certification or audit. The audits are made by accredited organizations that check the social activities of companies along the supply chain.
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