Outstanding collaboration with BSCI and Sedex

Sedex – the leading non-profit organization working with buyers, suppliers and auditors to improve global supply chains – and BSCI – the leading business initiative supporting retailers, importers and brands to improve working conditions In the supply of factories and farms around the world – have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop projects and programs that enhance their sustainability efforts.

The partnership will enable the two organizations to work more closely together, leveraging their common strengths to generate scale in the industry responsible for procurement and creating many benefits for membership of both. This will establish a solid foundation and mutual understanding that can be further developed to continue collaboration in the future.

BSCI & SEDEX

Jonathan Ivelaw-Chapman, CEO of Sedex said: “After months of discussion, it is with great excitement that we announce the collaboration between Sedex and BSCI”

“While the two organizations remain separate entities with distinct membership, goals and objectives, we look forward to leveraging the significant market size of BSCI and Sedex to make positive changes in the industry,” commented Christian Ewert, Director General of the FTA.

“We are convinced that this MoU will be the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship for BSCI, Sedex and the companies that make up our members worldwide.”

With the overall goal of reducing duplication, scale of conduct and active collaboration, the MoU describes a number of priority areas for immediate attention:

Trafficking in human beings: BSCI and Sedex will work together to align best brands and retailers

Approaches to address the issue of trafficking in human beings.

 

Shared Capacity Building: BSCI will explore opportunities to include Sedex members in BSCI

Capacity building activities.

Continuous Improvement of Labor Relations: BSCI and Sedex will work together on a common approach to implementing a process of continuous improvement in workplace relations in the workplace.

Audit Quality Measures: Working in harmony with the Association for Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA), BSCI and Sedex will develop and implement shared audit parameters for audit quality management. This common approach will contribute to a common vision of audit quality for suppliers, brands and retailers around the world.

Data Collaboration: BSCI and Sedex will explore opportunities to collaborate on the results of both systems to better support their member organizations in monitoring, managing and forecasting social and environmental issues in the global supply chain.

Working group collaboration: BSCI and Sedex management team members will have a role in each other’s working groups to explore other opportunities to collaborate.

The news was given by SEDEX by a press release. They said in the press release that this new partnership comes at an exciting time for both organizations. Sedex recently launched “Sedex Advance”, the world’s largest collaborative platform for supply chain data sharing, as its membership continues to expand to more than 38,000 members in more than 150 countries .

Meanwhile, BSCI launched its enhanced BSCI 2.0 – a holistic model for responsible business practices – and the FTA Academy, a new online service offering more than 1,800 businesses and 28,000 producers worldwide with access to Materials and exclusive learning courses.

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