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A crucial tool BSCI offers to its Participants is the BSCI database which all producer profiles and information on auditing is shared exclusively between BSCI Participants. Sharing this information is important for our participants as it avoids unnecessary and costly multiple audits. The database also helps to track non-compliance issues and therefore highlights the types of training neceesary for producers. Finally, the audit statistics available in the database allows us to evaluate the concrete results of our activities.
The BSCI database contains more than 20.000 audits. By region, the main sourcing countries where BSCI audits are performed are China (71%), Bangladesh (7%) and India (6%).
In order to assess the improvement that the implementation of the BSCI system has brought to the factories, the results of those producers which have been audited at least twice (audit and re-audit) are to be compared. The results of the 2010 initial audits show that the working conditions in supplying factories were greatly lagging behind the requirements of the BSCI Code (56%). The results of the re-audits provide a much more positive picture since the number of compliant companies has increased significantly (from 28% to 51%) whereas the number of non-compliant companies has decreased (31%). The results of all these audits prove that the implementation of the BSCI system brings a real improvement to the working conditions for most social issues.
The fields of major non-compliances are linked to problems in the documentation, working time, compensation and to a certain extent to health and safety issues. All these non-compliances are linked to a lack of good management practice. Moreover, some issues are difficult to tackle in an audit - mainly discrimination, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. For all these reasons, the BSCI and its participants increasingly focus on capacity building in supplier countries and especially on specific training sessions on management practices; because if this improves, many other issues can be solved more easily.
Additionally, the "stakeholder relations" in Europe and especially in supplier countries can help to bring great improvement in workers lives.