Why BSCI Exists?
In the context of globalisation, retailers, importers and brands source products from supplying companies around the world. Many of them are located in countries where national laws protecting workers are inadequate or poorly enforced. To address this, many companies and associations have created individual codes of conduct and their own implementation systems.
The proliferation of individual codes, diverse auditing procedures and diverging implementation approaches have resulted in confusion and unnecessary duplication of efforts and costs for retailers, importers and brands as well as their producers.
What We Offer
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
What We Do Not Do
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: We provide a system that helps companies to gradually improve working conditions in their supply chain. Producers that meet all BSCI requirements are encouraged to go further and achieve our best practice, the SA8000 social management certification developed by Social Accountability International (SAI).