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14 October 2013

BSCI - 10 year anniversary

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) was founded in March 2003 by a small group of European retailers in order to harmonise their respective social compliance schemes. It is led by the FTA (Foreign Trade Association). Their common code of conduct, based on the ILO core conventions and SA 8000, has grown to cover a broad number of sectors. The association now comprises over 1000 firms, associations and organisations of all sizes, from multi-nationals to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) across all EU member states. BSCI also established a monitoring system, covering (non-mandatory) self-assessment and an initial external audit to the code of conduct, resulting in possible corrective action plans. Progress is then re-checked in an external re-audit.  BSCI conducted an achievement study to celebrate its ten-year anniversary, which is available on their website. BSCI also releases monthly newsletters on topical issues in the responsible sourcing world, the latest on wages, which is available from their homepage.






08 October 2013

AIM-PROGRESS is currently recruiting!

AIM-PROGRESS is currently looking for a Marketing Executive to support their work in driving ethical standards in global supply chains. This role is split 60/40 between AIM-PROGRESS and Sedex and will be based at Sedex HQ in London. The deadline for applications is Friday 18 October and initial telephone interviews will take place on Tuesday 22 October. For more information please click here.





04 October 2013

GSCP: October 2013 newsletter

GSCP have recently released their lastest newsletter which includes information on new GSCP reference tools for suppliers; a benchmarking partnership for sustainable floriculture and fruit & vegetable industries with here to hear more.





25 September 2013

Welcome to Green Mountain Coffee

We are pleased to announce that Green Mountain Coffee is the latest addition to the growing number of AIM-PROGRESS members. The company is a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, and acknowledged for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and environmentally and socially responsible business practices.  This now brings the AIM-PROGRESS membership to 37 FMCG sector companies.





17 September 2013

Marine sector develops supplier code of conduct in line with Ruggie

IMPA – the International Marine Purchasing Association – has recently launched IMPA ACT – a complete responsible supply chain management system for the marine shipping sector, fully aligned to Ruggie.


Central to their program is the Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC) which IMPA intends and hopes will become the marine industry standard and covers suppliers’ impacts on human rights, including core labour rights, the environment and anti-corruption. It is intended to represent best practice and is the first of its kind to be fully aligned to the UN Guiding Principles launched in 2011 (Ruggie).


IMPA Act members are signing up to the code and will start a dialogue with their suppliers on how to implement the code. Ultimately, the system will be underpinned by a data base to share supplier CSR/audit data, similar to Sedex, Ecovadis, BSCI and other data sharing platforms.


The code is held fairly generic so it could be used by other sectors as a reference point. The UN Guiding Principles cannot simply be treated as an “add-on” to existing codes but may actually require companies to review and adapt their codes.


For more information you can navigate the IMPA-Act website






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