Labour Issues

BSCI participating companies work to tackle labour issues in Bangladesh factories

In March 2012, several BSCI participating companies were contacted by an NGO following serious protests at their supplying factories, Rosita Knitwear and Megatex Knitters. The factories, based in Bangladesh, were accused of forced labour, excessive overtime, unfair dismissal, among other allegations. Since March, the BSCI Secretariat, together with its Bangladesh Country Representative and the companies involved, have followed the situation closely and worked with the factory owner to resolve the issues. The factory management launched an investigation with fair labour consultants, Verité.

BSCI assesses its impact on Food and Primary Production

BSCI is pleased to share the results of its food and primary production impact study. This report analyses the implementation of BSCI’s approach to the food supply chain between 2008-2010. It focuses on auditing and capacity building, along with an assessment of its successes and future recommendations. Since 2008, BSCI has offered companies and their suppliers a system to improve working conditions in packing houses and farms dealing with food products.

Towards better working conditions in the alcohol industry’s supply chain

BSCI welcomes Alko and Systembolaget from the Nordic Alcohol Monopolies (NAMs) to its initiative in order to improve labour conditions in their supply chains. NAMs have a monopoly on the retail of alcoholic beverages across Nordic countries, with the exception of Denmark. Along with Alko in Finland and Systembolaget in Sweden, NAMs are also represented by ATVR in Iceland and Vinmonopolet in Norway. NAMS aim to influence the food and beverage industry to act more sustainably by integrating the BSCI Code of Conduct into their purchasing agreements as of 1 January 2012.

The BSCI Supports the World Day of Safety and Health at Work

On 28 April, the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) joins the International Labour Organization (ILO) to support the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The aim of this day is to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. The World Day of Safety and Health at Work seeks to increase awareness of emerging trends in occupational safety and health and on work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide. Health and safety is a serious issue that the majority of BSCI members face in their supply chains.

BSCI recommends its members to ban sandblasting of denim

Following ongoing reports linking sandblasting workers to serious diseases, including several fatalities, BSCI recommends its members to ban this technique in their supply chains. While the effects of sandblasting can be safeguarded with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, BSCI recognises the serious risks associated with this practice, along with the difficulty to ensure appropriate safety standards are observed through the supply chain.

Learn more about social compliance in the food industry with the BSCI’s e-learning tool

Food and Primary Production is a sensitive part of the supply chain, according to the ILO, there is an increasing number of workers in developing countries benefiting from new jobs in the food and drink industry. Despite this, there has been little progress in redressing the state of affairs in many countries. It is for this reason, the BSCI has developed a specific methodology for social compliance in this sector, particularly for the primary production level where working conditions are more vulnerable.

BSCI Resources on the statutory minimum wage in China

The BSCI Code of Conduct stipulates that wages paid for regular working hours, overtime hours and overtime differentials shall meet or exceed legal minimums and / or industry standards. During a BSCI audit, auditors have to check if the wages actually paid are in line with the legal requirements – and also if they meet a living wage, being a criterion in the section “Best practice for industry”. In China, the most important sourcing country of BSCI members, statutory minimum wages are fixed for cities and provinces.