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BSCI Information Sheet

BSCI, or as it is currently called ‘Amfori BSCI’ (amfori being the umbrella organization under which BSCI is listed) is a not-for-profit organization which provides companies which are BSCI members a framework and tools to manage social and environmental performance of their supply chain.

A BSCI audit has a 2-year cycle, and consists of 13 Performance areas, such as: The rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining, Decent working hours, Occupational health & safety, no child labour, no precarious employment etc.

Depending on the outcome of an audit the production facility will have to provide an improvement plan which Xindao (or another client of the factory, which is a BSCI member) has to monitor. BSCI Factory audits can be provided to clients, however reference to factory information (name, address etc.) will be deleted. All communication, audit reports etc. are part of a platform to which BSCI members have access.

To make a step up in commitment to social standards Xindao became member of BSCI in October 2018 and so all audits will take place according to BSCI standards and via third-party auditors. Xindao previously had our own QES (Quality, Environment and Safety) audit system but this won’t be used anymore.

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FAQ about BSCI, EcoVadis, ISO and Sedex

Q: Why does Xindao BV not have a BSCI audit?
A: BSCI audits are mostly useful for production facilities (factories or farms), our suppliers; since Xindao is an office it is at this time not considered an added value to the company.

Q: Does BSCI perform the supplier audits?
A: no, BSCI trains auditors, who are employed by auditing companies, to perform BSCI approved audits on supplier/production facilities (e.g. factories).

Q: Are BSCI and EcoVadis comparable?
A: No, BSCI and EcoVadis are very different structures. BSCI consists of an audit cycle focused on Labour, Human Rights and Occupational Safety. EcoVadis has a much broader scope and is not an audit but an assessment. It gives an evaluation of documentation, actions, goals, reporting, CSR initiatives and more.

Q: What is the difference between an audit and an assessment?
A: There is more than just one explanation, but in general an audit is an examination according to specific performance areas or standards, an audit has a compulsory character towards the auditee. An assessment is an evaluation of practices according to a methodology to understand and gain insight into what is in place in benefit of further improvement. With EcoVadis this results in a rating.

Q: Is BSCI part of EcoVadis?
A: not in the sense that they have a partnership, but EcoVadis values social audits such as BSCI and Sedex as part of the total assessment because it shows commitment to Human Rights values and UN Global Compact Principles.

Q: How does EcoVadis assess this commitment?
A: EcoVadis assesses how we evaluate/choose our suppliers. We can prove our commitment by showing BSCI membership, providing BSCI audit reports, reporting on the number and result of the audits, and setting goals for further improvement.

Q: What is the difference between BSCI and ISO?
A: BSCI is a 2-year audit cycle, with frequent monitoring obligations and a one-year re-audit. ISO is a certification and takes place within a short time-frame.

Q: What is ISO?
A: ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization, they provide standards to ensure conformity for many different sectors

Q: Are there any similarities between BSCI and ISO?
A: Yes, both organizations use external bodies (auditors/certification bodies) to conduct their assessments and audits.

Q: Is there any certification comparable to BSCI?
A: Yes, the only certification accepted by BSCI as comparable is SA8000, a Social Accountability Standard

Q: What is the difference between BSCI and SEDEX?
A: there are not many differences, they shift their focus slightly to different areas, ask different questions, provide different reports, but in general they both perform a social audit.

Q: Often mentioned are ISO9001 and ISO14001, what are these?
A: ISO9001 concerns certification of quality management; ISO14001 concerns certification of environmental management.

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