AGCS Verified has previously provided technical assistance and verification to the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) as a means of promoting workplace conditions in accordance with human rights, ILO conventions and national labor law. BSCI, a program of the Foreign Trade Associationof Europe, is designed to improve working conditions for the suppliers of BSCI’s participating member companies.
Members involved in BSCI are retail, trade, and manufacturing companies actively participating in the auditing and integration of suppliers into the BSCI qualification and auditing program.
BSCI has previously contracted with SAAS to conduct surveillance of BSCI audits and auditing companies to verify that BSCI auditing protocols are being followed. The auditing measures provide better insight into the audit quality and, at minimum, include a regular schedule of SAAS office audits and shadow audits of BSCI auditing companies and auditors. At this time, SAAS has ceased its oversight activities on behalf of BSCI and BSCI has developed other arrangements for its oversight program.
The BSCI program is not a program for certification – a supplier may not receive a formal certificate upon conclusion of the BSCI audit. The BSCI program is a voluntary system by which BSCI members (retailers and brands) work with their suppliers to be in compliance with the BSCI code of conduct. Those suppliers meeting the code receive preferential purchase orders. For more information, visit the BSCI website or contact BSCI directly.