BSCI Echo Focuses on Responsible Entrepreneurship for SMEs

17-04-2015

The latest edition of the BSCI Echo is now online. The BSCI Echo is a quarterly external newsletter for stakeholders, updating you on the latest activities of the initiative and the efforts of its participants towards improving labour conditions in factories and farms worldwide. This edition focuses on responsible entrepreneurship, a key element of BSCI 2.0, which supports participants to go beyond monitoring in order to generate sustainable improvements of labour challenges. It investigates how SMEs can live up to the challenge of integrating responsible entrepreneurship in their supply chains.

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Top Story: Focus on SMEs
In the top story, BSCI Stakeholder Council member Prof. Simone de Colle (IESEG, Paris), shares his perspective on why SMEs can be just as effective as big companies in improving labour conditions by building close relationships with their stakeholders. BSCI's SME representative on the BSCI Steering Committee, Monique Ansink (Excellent Products, The Netherlands) shares her experience of the challenges faced by SMEs and an example of how her company took an innovative approach to supporting workers. 

In an accompanying case study, BSCI participant Daniel Hopp, (Hopp KG, Germany), speaks about the barriers and challenges for SMEs in today's global supply chains but also shares his own company's efforts to integrate BSCI 2.0 at the core of their internal management processes.   

Latest Activities in Sourcing Countries
BSCI updates you on the recent efforts of the initiative to support worker empowerment through stakeholder dialogue in key sourcing countries. As well as a recent Round Table in Morocco we update you on the launch of an exciting new pilot programme on grievance mechanisms in China. Grievance mechanisms are a core part of BSCI 2.0. This pilot project aims to provide the fundamental tools to empower producers to build strong worker management dialogue in their factories. The results of this pilot project will be the basis for the roll out of grievance mechanisms capacity building in other countries, and one of the producers taking part in the pilot will share their experiences at the forthcoming BSCI Annual Conference of 26 November in Brussels - we invite you to save the date and join us at this exciting gathering of stakeholders, BSCI participants and key thought leaders to network and exchange experience (click here to read about last year's edition). 

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