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Standards & Governing Bodies

The following is a list of working condition standards and governing bodies. Please use this form to suggest additional organizations to add to this list. 


Amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)

The present amfori BSCI Code of Conduct version 1/2014 aims at setting up the values and principles that the amfori BSCI Participants strive to implement in their supply chains. It was approved by the Foreign Trade Association (amfori as from 1/1/2018) and overrules the BSCI Code of Conduct version 2009 in all its translations

Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA)

The Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) is a membership-based industry association whose mission is to improve the professionalism, consistency, and credibility of the individuals and organizations performing third-party social compliance audits. APSCA has created a Competency Framework designed to ensure that auditors adequately identify and document evidence of social compliance performance across a wide array of social compliance elements. Auditors engaged by APSCA-member auditing firms can apply to be recognized as a Registered Auditor (RA) or an Associate Social Compliance Auditor (ASCA), and may pass a qualifying test to become a Certified Social Compliance Auditor (CSCA).

Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI)

The ETI Base Code is founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and is an internationally recognised code of labour practice.

Fair Labor Association (FLA) Workplace Code of Conduct

Companies that join the FLA commit to ten Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing (and/or Production) and agree to uphold the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct in their supply chain. The Code of Conduct is based on International Labour Organization (ILO) standards, and seeks to protect the workers who manufacture the clothing, footwear, agricultural products and other items enjoyed by consumers around the world. 

Initiative for Compliance and Sustainability (ICS) Social Code of Conduct

The social Handbook for factories, the code of conduct and the environmental best practices factsheets are part of the ICS recent development of supporting tools and guidance for its members’ supplying factories and partners with the aim to sustainably enhance compliance.

International Labour Organization’s (ILO) International Labour Standards

The ILO Governing Body has identified eight “fundamental” Conventions, covering subjects that are considered to be fundamental principles and rights at work: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 45001 – Occupational health and safety

An ISO committee of occupational health & safety experts set to work to develop an International Standard with the potential to save almost three million lives each year. Structured in a similar way to other ISO management systems, the approach will be familiar to users of standards such as ISO 14001 or ISO 9001. ISO 45001 builds on the success of earlier international standards in this area such as OHSAS 18001, the International Labour Organization’s ILO-OSH Guidelines, various national standards and the ILO’s international labour standards and conventions.

Sedex and SMETA

Sedex is one of the world’s leading ethical trade service providers, working to improve working conditions in global supply chains. They provide practical tools, services and a community network to help companies improve their responsible and sustainable business practices, and source responsibly. SMETA is an audit methodology, providing a compilation of best practice ethical audit techniques.

Social Accountability International (SAI) SA8000

The SA8000 Standard is the world’s leading social certification program. It provides a holistic framework allowing organizations of all types, in any industry, and in any country to demonstrate their dedication to the fair treatment of workers. Created by SAI in 1997 as the first credible social certification, it has led the industry for over 20 years. SA8000 is available for organizations of any size, in any industry, and in nearly every country of the world.

Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP)

SPCP’s Converged Assessment Framework, liked above, consists of the Data Collection Tool, Verification Protocol and Verifier Guidance.

Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)

The WRAP Principles are based on generally accepted international workplace standards, local laws and workplace regulations, and include the spirit or language of relevant conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The Principles encompass human resources management, health and safety, environmental practices, and legal compliance including import/export and customs compliance and security standards.


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