We see it as our entrepreneurial duty to operate in a safe and responsible manner worldwide
As an internationally leading group, we believe quality, social standards and sustainability are inseparably linked. Together with our suppliers, we implement strict adherence to the standards and requirements of the BSCI. The code of conduct specified therein serves as the standard against which we measure our actions and decisions. It comprises of social responsibility activities regarding fair business practices, as well as transparency, reporting and information. We carry out audits in the home countries of our producers and suppliers according to the BSCI qualification and auditing programme.
The aims and requirements of the BSCI include, among others:
- Improving social standards in supplier countries
- Observing all valid national laws, industrial minimum standards, ILO and UN conventions as well as all other relevant legal provisions
- Prohibiting child labour
- Prohibiting forced labour and disciplinary measures, such as the confiscation of passports or physical punishment
- Allowing the freedom of association and right to collective bargaining – otherwise facilitating parallel means of independent and free organisation
- Eliminating discrimination in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement
- Paying wages for regular working hours, overtime hours and overtime differentials that meet or exceed legal minimums and/or industry standards. Providing additional disposable income in situations in which the legal minimum wage and/or industry standards do not cover living expenses
If suppliers do not initially meet all the requirements, we provide them with active support and guidance to improve working conditions. Furthermore, we ensure continued adherence to BSCI requirements through in-house and independent inspectors and their auditing procedures. These include: TÜV Rheinland Gruppe, TÜV Nord/Süd Gruppe, SGS, Bureau Veritas, HKQAA, Intertek, Eurocert, ABS Quality Evaluation, ALGI, CISE.
- Complying with applicable national laws and industry standards on working hours
- Ensuring a set of regulations and procedures regarding occupational health and safety
- Guaranteeing adherence to legal minimum procedures and standards regarding the environment and safety
- Providing a management system to ensure adherence to the BSCI requirements
For a complete overview of the BSCI requirements and objectives and the more than 1500 member companies, please visit www.bsci-intl.org