Are You Ready for Social Compliance?
Whether you are large or small
manufacturer, a traditional retailer or a
supplier/sub-contractor - social accountability is the order
of the day. Increasingly, the public and more importantly
your consumer has become sensitive to how 'business houses'
demonstrate accountability for social compliance along their
Buyers who want to ensure social compliance in a company.
Almost all buyers located in US & Europe
are looking for social compliance because this again their
local statutory and regulatory requirement. Walmart, K mart,
Disney, JC Penny are some famous & big groups that want to
ensure social compliance before placing any order. Companies
from other part of glob like Zara Internatiuonal, IKEA have
also started to ask for compliance
SA 8000 (Social
offer to our clients our effective and well devised consultancy
services for meeting the social compliances. Our team of experts
assist our clients in devising strategies for overcoming the
obstacles for achieving the SA 8000 certification standard. Some
of the common requirements for achieving this SA 8000
certification needs are:
Prevention of child labor
Prevention of discrimination
Freedom of association and
Benefits of SA 8000
Improved employee and
confidence for global sourcing.
Ensures a global social
system approach in the supply chain
Eliminates the need for
multiple third party registrations.
Provides a common platform to
address worldwide social system requirements.
Advantageous to the up
gradation of existing quality systems.
Apparel Production (WRAP) is a factory-based Certification
Program for manufacturers of sewn products, including
apparel, footwear and accessories.
WRAP is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to
the certification of lawful, humane and ethical
manufacturing throughout the world. WRAP apparel
certification is now a requirement by most garment retailers
in the U.S.
The market place, the media, and the public increasingly
demand that apparel be produced under conditions that
respect the rights and comply with labor and environmental
laws, and that meet other international standards. A WRAP
certification is widely accepted by retailers, brand
managers, licensers, as evidence that your facility is
The objective of the Apparel Certification Program is to
independently monitor and certify compliance with the
following standards, ensuring that a given factory produces
sewn goods under lawful, humane, and ethical conditions.
Note that it is not enough to subscribe to these principles;
WRAP monitors the factory for compliance with detailed
practices and procedures implied by adherence to these
Compliance with Laws and Workplace Regulations
Manufacturers of Sewn
Products will comply with laws and regulations in all
locations where they conduct business.
Prohibition of Forced Labor - Manufacturers of Sewn
Products will not use involuntary or forced labor --
indentured, bonded or otherwise.
Prohibition of Child Labor - Manufacturers of Sewn
Products will not hire any employees under the age of 14, or
under the age interfering with compulsory schooling, or
under the minimum age established by law, whichever is
Prohibition of Harassment or Abuse - Manufacturers of
Sewn Products will provide a work environment free of
harassment, abuse or corporal punishment in any form.
Compensation and Benefits - Manufacturers of Sewn
Products will pay at least the minimum total compensation
required by local law, including all mandated wages,
allowances and benefits.
Hours of Work - Manufacturers of Sewn Products will
comply with hours worked each day, and days worked each
week, shall not exceed the legal limitations of the
countries in which sewn product is produced. Manufacturers
of sewn product will provide at least one day off in every
seven-day period, except as required to meet urgent business
Prohibition of Discrimination - Manufacturers of Sewn
Products will employ, pay, promote, and terminate workers on
the basis of their ability to do the job, rather than on the
basis of personal characteristics or beliefs.
Health and Safety - Manufacturers of Sewn Products
will provide a safe and healthy work environment. Where
residential housing is provided for workers, apparel
manufacturers will provide safe and healthy housing.
Freedom of Association & Collective Bargaining -
Manufacturers of Sewn Products will recognize and respect
the right of employees to exercise their lawful rights of
free association and collective bargaining.
Environment - Manufacturers of Sewn Products will
comply with environmental rules, regulations and standards
applicable to their operations, and will observe
environmentally conscious practices in all locations where
Customs Compliance - Manufacturers of Sewn Products
will comply with applicable customs law and, in particular,
will establish and maintain programs to comply with customs
laws regarding illegal transshipment of apparel products.
Security - Manufacturers of Sewn Products will
maintain facility security procedures to guard against the
introduction of non-manifested cargo into outbound shipments
(e.g. drugs, explosives, biohazards, and/or other
Benefits of WRAP
The WRAP Certification program is grounded in the belief
that factory based certification is the most effective way
to ensure that work place comply with the WRAP Production
Principles. The WRAP program places primary responsibility
for improving work place conditions on those who own and
operate sewn product manufacturing facilities. WRAP
Certification Offers Market Advantage. Acceptance of WRAP
Certificate by multiple brands and Retailers eliminates
duplication of monitoring efforts.
U.S. Apparel association initiated idea, but from the time
of its incorporation (2000), WRAP has been independent.
Who can apply for
All sewn product manufacturing facilities anywhere in the
world, including direct sewn product production facilities,
independent sewn product manufacturing suppliers, licensees,
and subcontractors. Gradually program is covering other
Compliance Initiative (BSCI)
Compliance Initiative (BSCI) was founded in 2003 for the purpose of
developing the tools and procedures for the European Business Social
Compliance Programs. Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is
the common European platform of retailers, industry and importing
companies for monitoring and improving social standards in supplier
countries for all consumer goods. The BSCI is based on the labour
standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other
important international regulations like the UN Charter for Human
Rights, as well as on national regulations. The Business Social
Compliance Initiative (BSCI) was officially launched on 30
November 2004. It represents a coordinated effort by the European
retail industry to
implement a harmonized code of conduct and improve working
conditions in supplier countries on a voluntary basis. The driving
force behind the BSCI is the Brussels -based Foreign Trade
Association (FTA), which is the association for European commerce
lobbying particularly on foreign trade issues.
What are the benefits of
The benefits of the
BSCI as a broad and comprehensive monitoring system for social
standards in the supply chain are numerous:
Synergy effects, reduction of multiple auditing thereby reducing
costs are one characteristic. Factories/companies which are being
audited can improve their competitiveness through improved social
standards as better working conditions and an improved management
system leads to better product quality, higher productivity, fewer
work accidents, less sick leave producing more highly motivated
workers and lower staff turnover. The result of this is an
improvement ethically, but also economically for both involved
employers as well as employees. The economic advantages in this
respect - in parallel taking into account the objectives to reduce
excessive overtime and raise salaries where necessary, have been
shown in research studies in this field. Therefore, benefits of the
individual company also have a positive effect on the broad public.
Does the BSCI provide a
The BSCI is not a
certification system and therefore does not issue a certificate. The
BSCI provides a specific process with uniform management instruments
for Members, suppliers, auditors and qualifiers. This approach
ensures uniform audit procedures and evaluation and therefore
comparability of the results.
If I do not get a certificate what do I receive as proof of the
The cover page of the audit report outlining the results and the
validity of the audit can be displayed in the factory premises and
be used as proof of the audit.
Which products are
covered by the BSCI?
Audits within the
BSCI can be conducted in any production facility worldwide.
The type of articles covered by the BSCI varies widely. There are
quite a number of department stores as members, who sell all sorts
of soft goods, clothing, home textiles, small appliances, toys, and
accessories. There are also members that focus on one particular
product group, for example clothing stores, shoe retailers, baby
products, or sports goods. For the implementation of the BSCI in the
food industry, the BSCI has developed a special module for the
primary production (farms)
Association and Collective Bargain.
Safety and Health.
BSCI Best Practices for
currently recognizes SA8000 as its best practice. Some points of
crucial important are as follows
Planning and Implementation.