ICS and OECD are pleased to invite you to the panel session

Due diligence for the responsible employment of migrant workers

Feb. 9th, 9:00 - 12:00

Migrant workers are an intrinsic part of the workforce in the garment and footwear supply chain, comprising up to 70 percent of workers in some contexts. While both internal and foreign migrant workers should be entitled to receive equal treatment, they are often vulnerable to exploitation. Human rights and labour risks are particularly amplified when workers hold refugee status. In light of shifting migration trends and an increase in refugee flows to host countries, a comprehensive approach to due diligence is necessary. This session will provide an opportunity for participants to hear from migrant labour experts on current trends in the hiring and recruitment of migrant workers and refugees and associated risks. The session will also include a discussion on the application of due diligence for the responsible employment of migrant workers and refugees building on case studies. Finally, this session will explore where further collaboration may be necessary to address known  risks related to the employment of migrant workers and refugees.  File


Three ICS Companies Join BSCI as Cooperation Continues Between
the Social Compliance Initiatives

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and Initiative Clause Sociale (ICS) are moving towards  their cooperation agreement.
No merger between the two organisations is foreseen for January 2017, however, close collaboration continues and will function through the three ICS members that will now also become members of BSCI.File


ICS Code of Conduct

Every member of the Initiative Clause Sociale expects from his suppliers that they respect the ICS Code of Conduct, being heard that the latter can be completed by the own code of conduct of the retailer. Clauses of the ICS are based on the Human Rights Principles and on the main ILO conventions and recommendations (see the list at the end of the document). By signing this code, the supplier undertakes to conform to it and to obtain his own subcontractors and partners that they also act. File


ICS Code of Conduct directly refers to:

  • International conventions on fundamental human rights, i.e. The Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1990;
  • Fundamental international labour standards as defined by the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its Follow-up;
  • Applicable international labour standards, i.e. R184, Home Work Recommendation, 1996;
  • OECD guidelines for Multinational enterprises;
  • Applicable national and/or local legislation.


ICS actively supports...

  • Freedom of association: letter to the government of Bangladesh   File
  • The elimination of sandblasting   File
  • The minimum legal wage payment in Tirupur - India File
  • The correct interpretation of law and regulations in Bangladesh File