The BSCI system (Business Social Compliance Initiative) is a special system designed by the Foreign Trade Association. This system was designed based on labor and labor safety standards prepared by the International Labor Organization (ILO).
Its aim is to encourage the continuous improvement of the social performance of enterprises in the supply chain. This is to support sustainable working conditions worldwide.
The basic principles of the BSCI system are:
Compliance with Laws (Occupational Health and Safety Law in force should be applied in enterprises)
Working hours must be legal (working hours must comply with the criteria described in the Labor Law in force)
Fairness in compensation (the compensation calculations of the dismissed worker must be in accordance with the relevant regulation)
Preventing child labor (legally prohibiting child labor and avoiding unregistered child labor in enterprises)
Preventing forced labor (in this case penal sanctions foreseen by law are required, without the consent of a worker cannot be forced to work and cannot be employed in an unwanted job)
Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining (employees have the right to participate in trade union activities and should not be obstructed in any way)
Preventing all forms of discrimination (employees from different religions or cultures should be given appropriate permits for worship hours and no favoritism among employees for some reason)
The BSCI system is a business-oriented initiative designed for businesses committed to improving working conditions in the global supply chain.
2003 was created by the Foreign Trade Association in order to ensure consistency and harmony for businesses seeking social cohesion in the global supply chain. With this initiative, a common platform has been established for the codes of conduct and monitoring systems of enterprises. Work in this direction was completed in 2004 and since then the system has been implemented worldwide. Within the scope of BSCI, which has achieved rapid growth, sustainability was included in 2011 and a stronger organizational structure was adopted.
Businesses participating in the BSCI system have great advantages, in particular:
Businesses have used an effective and well-established system to improve working conditions in the supply chain
Access comprehensive audit tools in a variety of languages to ensure consistent monitoring of the supply chain
Access to a network of BSCI-certified international auditing companies, providing high-quality auditing services
Access to the supplier database where audit data is kept together, thus saving time and money by avoiding multiple audits in the same workplace
Benefiting from joint training activities for BSCI participants and suppliers in Europe
Cooperates with other businesses at European and supplier country level
Share and improve best practices in the field of social cohesion
Participate directly in the development of the BSCI system
Have regular information about news and events in the field of social compliance
The current BSCI social code of conduct system consists of three main parts:
Introduction, comments, values and application that apply to all commercial businesses
More specifically, the principles that address the business partners of BSCI participants, and
The BSCI application conditions, the BSCI reference and the BSCI glossary, which are an integral part of the Code and provide more detailed information on the interpretation and implementation of the BSCI system.
The 1 / 2014 version of the BSCI system came into force in 2014.
Designed by the Foreign Trade Association, the BSCI system recognizes international trade as a necessary tool for human welfare and social economic growth. In short, the BSCI code of conduct is a set of principles and values that reflect the beliefs of the participants and the expectations of their business partners. This system includes international convention principles such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Child Rights and Business Principles, United Nations Guidelines on Labor and Human Rights, OECD Guidelines, United Nations Global Compact and International Labor Organization conventions and recommendations, and to improve working conditions in the supply chain. has a suitable structure.
Commercial organizations that have approved the BSCI system have demonstrated their determination to fulfill their responsibilities to respect human rights within the scope of the principles and domains specified in this document.
BSCI participants maintain a constructive and open dialogue between business partners and stakeholders to strengthen socially responsible business principles. In the meantime, he considers the establishment of acceptable industrial relations between employees and management as the key to sustainable businesses.
In short, the BSCI Code of Conduct covers both BSCI participants, supply chain partners, and in particular manufacturers. The annexes at the end of the BSCI system are an integral part of the system. BSCI codes are read and interpreted with them. Businesses have different implementation conditions depending on their role in the supply chain and whether they will be monitored within the system.
The BSCI code of conduct is a business-based initiative designed for businesses that focus on improving business and workplace conditions worldwide. In this way, common rules of conduct and a holistic system are offered to enterprises in order to ensure social compliance in the supply chain. The participants of the initiative are the retailer and importer companies carrying out commercial activities in different sectors.
BSCI participants and their business partners endeavor to improve the working conditions in the supply chain, to integrate BSCI codes of conduct into business cultures, to act diligently on these issues and to identify risks and impacts in advance.
The concept of responsibility and responsible approach to activities form the basis of the system for BSCI participants and business partners.
All businesses in the BSCI system are committed to improving working conditions, collaborating with stakeholders, and supporting codes of conduct.
Basically, the BSCI Code of Conduct requires compliance with legal regulations. An ethical and responsible approach within the business is essential. In this case, those working within the scope of international trade become more powerful. The decisions and directives of the International Labor Organization, which are valid in all countries, are acted upon. At the same time, the principles and principles of the United Nations and international standards are absolutely taken into consideration in terms of labor and human rights.
The BSCI rules and implementation conditions provide the legal framework for the social responsibility of businesses after signing. This is important if the business is to be audited. This is because audits can only be carried out after the rules and relevant application conditions have been signed.
Businesses can adopt the BSCI Code of Conduct integrated with other documents or as a single document. Businesses on the supply chain may request that their partners sign the BSCI rules. For business partners who do not sign and commit to the BSCI rules and conditions of implementation, the entity should have a policy.
In order to be successful, socially responsible enterprises must be serious in their commitments and have placed the core values in the business culture. In both cases, businesses need to identify short- and long-term business strategies and make decisions about possible risks.
First, it is determined whether the organization meets the mandatory requirements of the standard and whether to proceed to the next stage.
It is checked whether necessary procedures and audits have been developed and your institution's readiness for evaluation is reviewed.
The findings that arise in the first two stages are evaluated and after all corrective actions are reviewed, document preparation is started.
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