Code of Conduct

BSCI Code of Conduct
In accordance with the ILO Conventions, the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN’s Conventions on children’s rights and the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, the UN Global Compact and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the BSCI Code of Conduct aims to attain compliance with certain social and environmental standards. Supplier companies must ensure that the Code of Conduct is also observed by subcontractors involved in production processes of final manufacturing stages carried out on behalf of BSCI members. The following requirements are of particular importance and are implemented in a developmental approach:


1. Legal Compliance
Compliance with all applicable national laws and regulations, industry minimum standards, ILO and UN Conventions, and any other relevant statutory requirements whichever requirements are more stringent.

2. Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining
The right of all personnel to form and join trade unions of their choice and to bargain collectively shall be respected. In situations or countries in which the rights regarding freedom of association and collective bargaining are restricted by law, parallel means of independent and free organisation and bargaining shall be facilitated for all personnel. It shall be ensured that representatives of personnel have access to their members in the workplace.
– In accordance with ILO conventions 87, 98, 135 and 154.

3. Prohibition of Discrimination
No discrimination shall be tolerated in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on gender, age, religion, race, caste, social background, disability, ethnic and national origin, nationality, membership in workers’ organisations including unions, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristics.
– In accordance with ILO conventions 100, 111, 143, 158 and 159.

4. Compensation
Wages paid for regular working hours, overtime hours and overtime differentials shall meet or exceed legal minimums and/or industry standards. Illegal, unauthorized or disciplinary deductions from wages shall not be made. In situations in which the legal minimum wage and/or industry standards do not cover living expenses and provide some additional disposable income, supplier companies are further encouraged to provide their employees with adequate compensation to meet these needs. Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure are forbidden. Supplier companies shall ensure that wage and benefits composition are detailed clearly and regularly for workers; the supplier company shall also ensure that wages and benefits are rendered in full compliance with all applicable laws and that remuneration is rendered in a manner convenient to workers.
– In accordance with ILO conventions 26 and 131.

5. Working Hours
The supplier company shall comply with applicable national laws and industry standards on working hours. The maximum allowable working hours in a week are as defined by national law but shall not on a regular basis exceed 48 hours and the maximum allowable overtime hours in a week shall not exceed 12 hours. Overtime hours are to be worked solely on a voluntary basis and to be paid at a premium rate. An employee is entitled to at least one free day following six consecutive days worked.
– In accordance with ILO conventions 1 and 14.

6. Workplace Health and Safety
A clear set of regulations and procedures must be established and followed regarding occupational health and safety, especially the provision and use of personal protective equipment, clean bathrooms, access to potable water and if appropriate, sanitary facilities for food storage shall be provided. Workplace practice and conditions and conditions in dormitories which violate basic human rights are forbidden. In particular young workers shall not be exposed to hazardous, unsafe or unhealthy situations.
– In accordance with ILO Convention 155 and ILO Recommendations 164 and 190.

In particular, a management representative responsible for the health and safety of all personnel and accountable for the implementation of the Health and Safety elements of the BSCI shall be appointed. All personnel shall receive regular and recorded health and safety training, moreover, such training shall be repeated for new and reassigned personnel. Systems to detect, avoid or respond to potential threats to health and safety of all personnel shall be established.

7. Prohibition of Child Labour
Child labour is forbidden as defined by ILO and United Nations Conventions and/or by national law. Of these various standards, the one that is the most stringent shall be followed. Any forms of exploitation of children are forbidden. Working conditions resembling slavery or harmful to children’s health are forbidden. The rights of young workers must be protected. In the event that children are found to be working in situations which fit the definition of child labour above, policies and procedures for remediation of children found to be working shall be established and documented by the supplier company. Furthermore, the supplier company shall provide adequate support to enable such children to attend and remain in school until no longer a child.
– In accordance with ILO Conventions 79, 138, 142 and 182 and Recommendation 146.

8. Prohibition of Forced Labour and Disciplinary Measures
All forms of forced labour, such as lodging deposits or the retention of identity documents from personnel upon commencing employment, are forbidden as is prisoner labour that violates basic human rights.
The use of corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion and verbal abuse is forbidden.
– In accordance with ILO Conventions 29 and 105.

9. Environment and Safety Issues
Procedures and standards for waste management, handling and disposure of chemicals and other dangerous materials, emissions and effluent treatment must meet or exceed minimum legal requirements.

10. Management Systems
The supplier company shall define and implement a policy for social accountability, a management system to ensure that the requirements of the BSCI Code of Conduct can be met as well as establish and follow an anti-bribery / anti-corruption policy in all of their business activities. Management is responsible for the correct implementation and continuous improvement by taking corrective measures and periodical review of the Code of Conduct, as well as the communication of the requirements of the Code of Conduct to all employees. It shall also address employees’ concerns of non compliance with this Code of Conduct.

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