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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 as well as the Terms of Implementation, the Glossary and the Reference when joining the initiative.

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 participants and their business partners commit to monitor within their supply chains 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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To access the Code of Conduct and related documents, see below or access the resources area for translated versions (including Chinese, Hindi and Spanish).

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 address any risk that may be detected in their supply chains as well as to cascade social responsibility to their business partners. Risk assessment places an obligation on participants to address and mitigate adverse effects in their supply chain. The cascade effect empowers them to demonstrate to the different actors in the supply chain the opportunities that lie in responsible behaviour to generate positive impact.

The BSCI Code also places greater emphasis on the engagement of workers and their representatives, as well as establishing grievance mechanisms as 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.