Frequently Asked Questions

About the GSCP

  • What is the Global Social Compliance Programme? +

    The Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) brings together key actors of the consumer goods industry to collaborate on a common goal: driving positive change and business efficiency in the areas of social and environmental sustainability along the supply chain. Motivated by the conviction that the way forward in sustainability is through collaboration and convergence, these experts from various sectors and affiliations, including major retail companies, brand manufacturers, international organisations, academia and government, have joined forces within the GSCP framework to deliver a harmonised, global approach for more efficient and sustainable supply chains, as well as the eradication of forced labour. This work is accomplished through a complete suite of Reference Tools, a robust Equivalence Process and the 2016 CGF Board Resolution on Forced Labour.

    For more information on the GSCP, please visit:

  • Why is the GSCP needed? +

    New challenges and diverging responses
    Buying companies have responded to the challenges around fair labour and environmental conditions in their supply chains by developing codes of conduct and monitoring systems, either individual or collaborative. However, the number of codes has proliferated (there now exist over 1,000 different codes and implementation systems) and approaches by companies and schemes have somewhat diverged. This has led to duplication (with the multiplication of overlapping audits per supplier) and sends a confused message to suppliers and to public authorities as to what is expected in terms of fundamental labour rights and site-specific environmental practices. 
    Adverse effect
    This multiplication of codes, standards and systems is causing inefficiency and slowing improvement within the supply chain. Moreover, it is in many cases hindering the application of international labour standards and hence the respect of human and workers’ rights, as buying companies and their suppliers suffer from confusion over requirements and a lack of clarity on best practice and accountability – basically not knowing what they have to do, what they can do and how to do it.
    Potential for collaboration
    The GSCP was born from the understanding that cross-industry collaboration is possible, and essential to truly drive change in this area. There is a need - and an opportunity - for collaborative work to bring about consistency and efficiency and drive remediation to root causes of social and environmental non-compliances through continuous improvement, training and capacity building. 
  • How can I use the Reference Tools? +

    To drive convergence, the GSCP has developed a framework of reference tools describing best practice in social and environmental compliance providing the basic documents found in a classical monitoring system. 
    These tools are openly available on our website and can voluntarily be:
    integrated by companies or schemes into their respective systems; or
    used by companies or schemes as a reference against which to compare their existing tools through the GSCP Equivalence Process
    In both cases, the responsibility of the implementation of these tools, the monitoring of the company’s supply chain compliance and of any due diligence linked to it, resides with the company or scheme owner, as the case may be.
  • What is the relationship between GSCP and the Consumer Goods Forum? +

    The GSCP and our work on environmental and social sustainability is a strategic priority of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF). To learn more about the CGF, visit
  • Is there a GSCP certification or accreditation? +

    No. The GSCP’s aim is to build a neutral overarching framework supporting collaboration, for companies and schemes to work together towards more sustainable supply chains. The GSCP reference tools are not designed as standards, but as references reflecting good social / environmental practice. The GSCP does not audit nor certify.
    The responsibility of the implementation of the GSCP reference tools, of the monitoring of any company’s supply chain’s compliance and of any due diligence linked to it, resides with the company or scheme owner, as the case may be.
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Engaging with us

  • How can I get in touch with the GSCP? +

    We'd be pleased to provide further information or discuss opportunities for collaboration. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • How can I become a GSCP member? +

    Organisations looking to get involved in the work of the GSCP must become a member of The Consumer Goods Forum. Membership with The Consumer Goods Forum is not required to make use of our open-source tools, but is recommended for those looking to have a voice in how our industry moves forward on the challenges of environmental and social sustainability.
  • Where can I find the GSCP logo? +

    Feel free to download a high-resolution version of the GSCP logo and use it when referencing our programme on your website or in your communications. You can also have a look at our Terms of Reference and Logo Usage Guidelines.

  • Who can I contact with a press enquiry? +

    We would be pleased to support you on any press queries you may have. Please reach out to our CSR Communications Officer, Camilla, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We also invite you to take a tour through our latest news and resources


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