What is BSCI Certification?

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is an industry-driven movement that aims to monitor and assess workplace standards across the global supply chain. Aamfori BSCI audit helps a business monitor its supply chain to ensure that all suppliers are treating workers ethically and legally. To maintain and monitor the social standards of the consumer goods in all the supplier countries, BSCI acts as a common European platform for retailers, industry, and importing companies. The Business Social Compliance Initiative was officially launched on Nov 30 in 2004. The coordinated efforts of the retail industry in Europe for implementing a standard code of conduct is represented through BSCI. It is voluntary and helps in improving the working conditions in supplier countries.

Benefits of BSCI Certification

Improves the management and performance of your supply chain

Customer satisfaction

Business opportunities through Amfori BSCI platform

Saving costs by the avoidance of multiple audit

Recognition of socially compliant organization

Opportunity for exports. Supplier Approval by overseas customers

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Who can be certified BSCI Certification?

Only companies that are actively supplying Amfori BSCI members can be audited according to the Amfori BSCI Code of Conduct. The audit must be applied for via the Amfori BSCI platform and approved by the Amfori BSCI member responsible for the supplier

Manufacturing Companies

Service Sector


Electronic Industry



Research Foundation

Fitness Sector

Shipping Industry





Textile and Apparels

Medical and Test Lab

Software Development

Document required for SA 8000 Certification

  • System Manual
  • System Procedure
  • Policy
  • Objectives
  • Mission & Vision
  • Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
  • Checklist
  • Forms
  • Formats
  • Records

The extent of Documented Information differs as per:

  • Organization’s size
  • Activities performed by the organization
  • Processes undertaken by the Organization
  • Products and services offered by the organization
  • The complexity of processes undertaken
  • Competence of persons involved

Role of Shamkris and Process of SA 8000 Certification

Shamkris adopts a results-oriented approach to effective system implementation in the organization. A simple and practical method of system implementation helps organizations increase business efficiency and sustainability. Shamkris supports 100% documentation to obtain an accreditation body of success in addition to enhanced performance.

The implementation process is described below:

Day 1

GAP Analysis, Certification Body, Selection, Cost Estimates

• Finding the GAP between existing system related to ISO requirements
• Selecting the appropriate certification body
• Based on the scope of your business & certification body you choose

Week 1

Developing Documents

• Management System Manual, Management System Procedures, Policy, Objectives, Forms etc.
• Review of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

Week 4

Implementing Management System

• ISO Awareness training for the top management and staff
• Implementing a well-documented management system throughout the organization

Week 8

Internal Audit

• Internal audits identifying nonconformities related to ISO requirements
• Management Review Meetings
• Corrective and Preventive Action plan for nonconformities

Week 10

Certification Body
N-C Closing

• Shamkris acts on your behalf and assists you in the third-party audit
• Closing of any nonconformities identified by the certification body

Week 12

Certification Body

• BSCI certificates report valid for 2 years.

Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is a Foreign Trade Association of Europe program designed to help you: Improve working conditions in your supply chain. Access comprehensive auditing tools in over 20 languages. Ensure consistent supply chain monitoring.

WHAT DOES AMFORI BSCI STAND FOR? The abbreviation BSCI stands for Business Social Compliance Initiative. It was established in 2003 by the Foreign Trade Association (FTA, named amfori since 2018).

Request an audit with participant authorisation via the online amfori BSCI platform. Fill in a self-assessment tool, as well as an audit application to obtain a customised quote. Undergo a semi-announced or unannounced audit visit. Receive a corrective action plan, followed by corrective phase to improve compliance.

The amfori BSCI Code of Conduct refers to international conventions such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, OECD Guidelines, UN Global Compact, and International Labour Organization.