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The BSCI Code of Conduct

The BSCI Code of Conduct aims at setting out the values and principles that BSCI participants strive to implement in their supply chains. Each BSCI participant endorses the Code of Conduct when they join the initiative as well as the Terms of Implementation, the Glossary and the Reference, making explicit the ways in which this Code should be operationalised.

11 Principles Aiming at the Highest Labour Protection

The BSCI Code draws on important international labour standards protecting workers’ rights such as International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions, declarations of the United Nations (UN) as well as guidelines of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It sets out 11 core labour rights, which our participating companies and their business partners commit to incorporating within their supply chain in a step-by-step development approach. The 2014 version has been reinforced with new principles such as ‘No Precarious Employment and ‘Ethical Business Behaviour’.


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Social Responsibility at the Core of Business

The Code of Conduct sets the approach undertaken by BSCI participants to incorporate social responsibility at the core of their business. It emphasises the importance for businesses to develop the necessary systems to prevent any risk that may be detected in their supply chain as well as to cascade down social responsibility throughout the supply chain. Risk assessment places an obligation on participating companies to address and mitigate adverse effects in their supply chain, while the cascade principle empowers them to cascade the opportunities that lie in responsible behaviour through to the different actors in the supply chain, thus allowing increased leverage and impact.

The BSCI Code also gives greater emphasis to the engagement of workers and their representatives, as well as establishing grievance mechanisms as a key means to promote improvements in working conditions. BSCI will continue to support companies through a variety of training sessions to build on business partners’ and workers’ knowledge and to achieve greater results.