We were searching factories to make our annual ODM zodiac socks and wanted one with a BSCI audit. Factory visits are important to find out the circumstances of the business and get an insight into their practices. You might be thinking “What is a BSCI audit?” Well, it is an approach to monitor social standards in the supply chain and ensure good working conditions.
BSCI stands for ‘Business Social Compliance Initiative’ and was established in 2003. A BSCI audit is not a certificate, or auditing company. It provides an auditing system to follow which will improve factory working conditions over time for companies who are committed to improving their social compliance. BSCI provides a network of auditing companies who are independent, experienced and accredited.
BSCI shares the vision of FTA (Foreign Trade Association) which is “Free Trade. Sustainable Trade.” This highlights their values and involvement to develop a system with better working conditions in the global supply chain. Here are the requirements which fall under their code of conduct.
BSCI Code of Conduct:
- The rights of Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining – Respect worker’s rights if they would like to join unions.
- No Discrimination – Businesses cannot discriminate on any of the following basis: gender, age, religion, race, caste, birth, social background, disability, ethnic and national origin, nationality, membership in unions or any other legitimated organisations, political affiliation or opinions, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, marital status, diseases or any other condition that could give rise to discrimination.
- Fair Remuneration – Follow the government’s minimum wage policy on a timely basis.
- Decent Working Hours – Workers are not required to work above 48 hours weekly unless there are special exceptions.
- Occupational Health and Safety – Businesses respect worker’s rights to healthy working and living conditions. Along with following health regulations to ensure safety.
- No Child Labour – Children under the age of 15 cannot work.
- Special Protection for Young Workers – Businesses need to make sure that young people do not work at night and are protected against work which is harmful to their health, safety, morals and development.
- No Precarious Employment – Ensure employment follows the law and provide understandable information worker’s rights, responsibilities and employment conditions, including working hours, remuneration and terms of payment.
- No bonded labour – Business partners shall not engage in any form of servitude, forced, bonded, indentured, trafficked or non-voluntary labour.
- Protection of the Environment – Businesses should be sustainable and take necessary action to avoid environmental degradation.
- Ethical Business Behaviour – Businesses should not take part in any acts of corruption.
Products from a BSCI Factory:
Here are some blogs on factory visits to gain some insight, there is wood product manufacturing, manufacturing polyresin figurines, and ceramic factory visit. At ODM, we care about which companies and factories we work with. If you would like to work with a factory with certain audits, contact us to find out some more!
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