In general in our CR work we look for issues where we can have an impact and where possible we can exercise leverage to obtain an impact beyond our immediate size. Our active membership of Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is a good example of this approach.
Since joining BSCI in 2007, BSCI forms the foundation of IC Group’s initiatives on responsible supply chain management. BSCI is a business-driven initiative for companies committed to improving working conditions in the global supply chain. Built on the 3 pillars of Monitoring, Empowering and Engaging, BSCI unites hundreds of companies around one common BSCI Code of Conduct and supports them in their efforts to build a responsible supply chain by providing them with a step-by-step development-oriented system.
A big part of BSCI’s work and budget is capacity building or empowering of suppliers and members. BSCI provides workshops in areas identified as challenging for suppliers e.g. overtime, occupation health and safety and worker management. BSCI’s emphasis on capacity building is very much in sync with our approach and belief that it is through these activities that we will see real progress with our suppliers. IC Group is participating actively on improving BSCI’s capacity building work as a member of the capacity building work group. This not only provides IC Group with the opportunity to be a part of the further development of BSCI but also allows us to gain valuable knowledge about the root courses or non-compliance areas from the suppliers’ point of view.
For further information about BSCI please visit the homepage www.bsci-intl.org.