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BSCI’s 2013 Annual Report: A Decade of Progress Towards Better Working Conditions in Global Supply Chains


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“2013 was a turning point for BSCI and for the garment industry worldwide. The complexity of today’s supply chains is a constant challenge for businesses and, as this Annual Report shows, BSCI is devoted to developing strong synergies with other initiatives and important stakeholders to effectively promote responsible working conditions worldwide.”
Lorenz Berzau, BSCI Managing Director
The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) has launched its 2013 Annual Report. The publication echoes the initiative’s 10-year anniversary highlighting its substantial efforts and achievements in improving working conditions worldwide. BSCI and its over 1,200 participating retailers and importers have raised their transparency and understanding of labour issues in their global supply chains. They continuously work to embed responsible sourcing in their business practices, support their suppliers in their efforts and partner with business associations, governments and other relevant stakeholders to achieve lasting change.
Key report highlights:

  • The 2013 BSCI Annual report presents the findings of the ‘Achievement Study’, conducted by the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) in order to assess the successes, challenges and future priorities of BSCI. The study confirms that:
  • By working together participants have gained transparency and better control of supply chains.
  • Avoiding multiple auditing has saved around $65m, according to the study.
  • The over 20,000 audits conducted during these 10 years indicated steady growth in the share of producers compliant with the BSCI Code of Conduct gradually increasing in China, Bangladesh, India and Turkey, the  main sourcing markets of BSCI participants.
  • In 2013, more than 9,000 BSCI social audits were conducted and highlighted that working hours, fair remuneration and health and safety issues remain the most common labour challenges in supply chains.
  • Over 1,000 BSCI participants and producers were trained through BSCI capacity building activities on practical remediation measures, and several round tables were held in main sourcing countries to address the complex root causes behind poor working conditions.
  • Building on the experiences of the first decade, BSCI revised and adopted its new Code of Conduct in 2013 to reflect the growing call for responsible business practices and the latest developments within international conventions. Concluded after an intensive stakeholders consultation period, the text comprises a set of values and 11 core principles aiming at the highest labour protection and fostering shared responsibility among all actors in the supply chain.
  • The 2013 Annual Report takes stock of BSCI’s engagement in Bangladesh, a long-lasting commitment strengthened after the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka in April 2013.

To download the 2013 BSCI Annual Report, please click here.
For further information, please contact:
Stephanie Luong, Head of Communications
Tel. + 32 (0) 2 741 64 09

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