BSCI was launched in 2003 as an initiative of the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) in response to the increasing business demand for transparent and improved working conditions in the global supply chain.
The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is a private, non- governmental, not-for-profit membership based initiative which aims to improve the social conditions of members’ suppliers based primarilyin newly developed and developing countries. The BSCI’s Code of Conduct is a common social management system which promotes ten elements to improve worker’s conditions based on international conventions protecting workers’ rights.
The BSCI Code of Conduct was developed in partnership with the Social Accountability International (SAI) initiative as a stepping stone towards SA8000 certification (see the SAI at a glance for more information on SA8000).
BSCI has developed standardized management tools and guidance documents available in various languages for the implementation of its Code of Conduct. In addition to the code, BSCI promotes auditing and capacity building. While audits assess the implementation of the BSCI requirements and measure improvement, capacity building raises the awareness of suppliers, trying to empower workers and aiming for changes in the factory and/or farm