BSCI was launched in 2003 as an initiative of the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) in response to the increasing business demand for transparent and improved working conditions in the global supply chain. 

An overview of the background to BSCI can be found under Why BSCI exists.We unite over 1,500 companies around one common Code of Conduct and support them in their efforts towards building an ethical supply chain by providing them with a step-by-step development-oriented system, applicable to all sectors and all sourcing countries.

The fundamental goals of BSCI are only achievable through a strong commitment from participants to implement the system. Our work is based on the BSCI Code of Conduct, which our participants accept upon joining us. The code ensures a strong and credible commitment from both BSCI participants and their business partners to achieve our goals.

BSCI is a system open to all retail, brand and importing companies committed to improving working conditions in the global supply chain. Interested companies and associations can only participate in BSCI after joining FTA.

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