SGS BSCI Audit Capacity is Reflected in BSCI 2010 Annual Report
The Business Social Compliance Initiative published its 2010 annual report Tackling the challenges of responsible sourcing" recently. SGS being one of the accredited company for BSCI audits, makes their audit capacity considerable.
China is a noteworthy country which BSCI focuses on. According to their annual report, over 7,000 BSCI audits were performed worldwide in 2010 of which 71% were performed in China. Among those 5,000 China BSCI audits, nearly 30% were conducted by SGS and indeed our feasible BSCI audit in China can reach 4,000. Actually, SGS worldwide BSCI auditors make up about 25% of the total BSCI auditors globally.
SGS Facts and Figures
- SGS has over 200 BSCI auditors in more than 30 countries, they make up about 25% of the total BSCI auditors globally;
- Nearly 30% of China BSCI audits were conducted by SGS in 2010;
- Per BSCI, SGS has the capability to conduct 8,400 feasible BSCI audits in 34 counties annually; 4,000 feasible BSCI audits in China solely.
BSCI Audits and its Benefits
BSCI is a business-driven initiative for companies committed to improving working conditions in the global supply chain. It unites over 700 companies around a development-oriented system applicable to all sectors and sourcing countries. The program is extensively adopted by many buyers. Only in 2010, 232 additional retailers, brands and importers joined the initiatives. It is a proven effective monitoring program, as per their annual report, the number of compliant suppliers increased from 28% to 51% and the number of non-compliant suppliers decreased from 56% to 31%.
BSCI audit is a common and worldwide recognized supply chain monitoring system. It enhances member brands, retailers and importers’ reputation among investors and consumers and hence the competitive advantages.
Besides benefits to buyers, it provides suppliers a direction on how to improve their social responsibility performance. By implementing BSCI requirements, productivity and competitiveness is heightened; BSCI database provides information on the profiles of all of BSCI member suppliers and their audit results. This information avoids unnecessary multiple audits that initiated by individual member.
SGS BSCI Audit and Training Solutions
To ensure audit quality and consistency with BSCI code of conduct, BSCI audits must be conducted by authorized 3rd party auditing bodies. As the world’s leading auditing company, SGS has a global network of highly trained and experienced BSCI auditors, can provide BSCI audit and training solutions to BSCI members and their suppliers.
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