A typical CoC covers elements such as child labour, forced labour, discrimination, disciplinary practices, harassment and abuse, freedom of association, working hours and overtime, remuneration and benefits, health and safety, and the environment. Companies are required to perform regular audits on vendors to ensure compliance with the requirements of the CoC throughout the supply chain. The audit process should be conducted by competent persons who are able to speak the local language, understand local cultural issues and are up to date on local legislation.
The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is a leading supply chain management system that supports companies to drive social compliance and improvements within the factories and farms in their global supply chains. BSCI implements the principle international labour standards protecting workers’ rights such as International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions and declarations, the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and guidelines for multinational enterprises of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
SMETA is one of the most widely used social audit procedures in the world. It provides a globally-recognized way to assess responsible supply chain activities, including labor rights, health & safety, the environment and business ethics..