On the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) would like to express its support of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and all international stakeholders in their efforts to ensure safe and healthy workplaces worldwide.
BSCI welcomes this day as means to globally raise awareness and promote the prevention of occupational accidents and illnesses. Tragic incidents such as the Rana Plaza building collapse, the first anniversary of which we have recently marked, stress the importance of ensuring workers' safety and protection and the complexities and challenges it entails.
With over a decade of experience supporting companies in their commitment to improve working conditions in their global supply chains, BSCI has clearly identified Health and Safety as a matter that remains crucial to its participants on an ongoing basis. This area has become the third main non-compliance among audits conducted in 2013 after compensation and working time requirements.
Addressing these non-compliances requires the integration of a preventive culture at national and workplace level. As part of its comprehensive approach to social compliance, BSCI brings the knowledge to participants and producers by organising regular trainings worldwide. These activities are aimed at obtaining first-hand feedback on the issues faced by factory managers on the area of Health and Safety and at offering guidance on best management practices to address them. To learn more about BSCI trainings and upcoming workshops, click here.
The promotion of safe workplaces is a global responsibility that calls for united action and BSCI remains committed to working in partnership to reduce risks in factories and farms.