No Merger Between the BSCI and ICS Initiatives

Brussels, 19 December 2016 – The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) — supporting over 1,900 retail, brand, importing companies and national associations to improve working conditions in factories and farms worldwide — and Initiative Clause Sociale (ICS) — representing 20 major French and Belgian retailers working to improve social compliance in global supply chains — are moving towards the final stages of completing their cooperation agreement, announced in April 2015.

No merger between the two organisations is foreseen for January 2017.

The measures detailed in the cooperation agreement remain relevant and tangible goals for the BSCI system, auditing and capacity building services. BSCI will therefore continue in the implementation of these measures, before June 2017.

BSCI-ICS – Press Release