Compliance with all applicable national laws and regulations, industry minimum standards, ILO and UN Conventions, and any other relevant statutory requirements whichever requirements are more stringent.
Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining
In situations or countries in which the rights regarding freedom of association and collective bargaining are restricted by law, parallel means of independent and free organization and bargaining shall be facilitated. - In accordance with ILO conventions 87, 98 and 135.
Prohibition of Discrimination
No discrimination shall be tolerated on the basis of gender, age, religion, race, caste, social background, disability, ethnic and national origin, nationality, membership in workers’ organizations including unions, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristics. - In accordance with ILO conventions 100 and 111.
Wages paid for regular working hours, overtime hours and overtime differentials shall meet or exceed legal minimums and/or industry standards. Illegal or unauthorized deductions from wages shall not be made. In situations in which the legal minimum wage does not cover living expenses and provide some additional disposable income, companies shall strive to provide employees with adequate compensation to meet these needs. In accordance with ILO conventions 26 and 131.
Overtime hours are to be worked solely on a voluntary basis. The maximum allowable working hours in a week are 48 and the maximum allowable overtime hours in a week are 12. An employee is entitled to at least one free day following six consecutive days worked. - In accordance with ILO conventions 1 and 14.
A clear set of regulations and procedures must be established and followed regarding occupational health and safety. Workplace practice and conditions which violate basic human rights are forbidden. In accordance with ILO convention 155 and ILO recommendation 164.
Prohibition of Child Labour
Child labour is forbidden as defined by ILO and United Nations conventions and/or by national law. Of these various standards, the one that is the most stringent shall be followed. Any forms of exploitation of children are forbidden. Working conditions resembling slavery or harmful to children's health are forbidden. The rights of young workers must be protected. In accordance with ILO conventions 79, 138, 142 and 182.
Prohibition of Forced Labour
All forms of forced labour are forbidden as is prisoner labour that violates basic human rights. In accordance with ILO Conventions 29 and 105.
Environment and Safety Issues
Procedures and standards for waste management, handling and disposure of chemicals and other dangerous materials, emissions and effluent treatment must meet or exceed minimum legal requirements.
The Business Social Compliance Initiative, the platform of retail and brand companies dedicated to improve the working conditions in the global supply chain. BSCI gathers more than 80 well-known retail, brand and importing companies in 10 countries. Year 2007, more than 2000 audits involving more than 1200 suppliers in 30 countries have been performed. In capability building for factory management and workers. Coaching and training measures are considered as a strategic pillar to ensure sustainable improvement of the working conditions. The results of the audits and re-audits show that there is a measurable improvement of the working conditions due to the implementation of the BSCI Method based on a combination of audits and awareness and correction actions. Cooperation with stakeholders such as trade unions and NGOs in retail markets and in supply countries is another strategic pillar in BSCI´s work to sustainability.