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Improving Social and Environmental Conditions

The proliferation of codes, audit duplication and divergence of approach is causing inefficiency while slowing improvement within the supply chain. Indeed the resulting confusion over requirements and lack of clarity on best practice and accountability goes so far as to hinder the application of international labour standards and the respect of workers’ rights and good environmental practices in many cases.

There is a need – and an opportunity – for cross-industry collaboration for harmonisation, continuous improvement, training and capacity building.

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.

The GSCP is not a new standard or monitoring initiative. Our members rely on sustainability standards and compliance initiatives and they created the GSCP to set the international reference on best practices for sustainable supply chain management for all actors to use. We are an open-source platform that helps our members work towards and promote the harmonisation of efforts for the improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains, and membership to our collaborative platform provides many community benefits.

GSCP's Mission

The mission of the GSCP is to provide and promote an international reference and common understanding of best practices for sustainable supply chain management. This, delivered through collaboration, is core to our vision of “more sustainable global supply chain”.


Supporting Buying Companies

Today’s retailers and brand manufacturers face complex supply chain management. The GSCP approach benefits these buying companies, enabling them to access best corporate practices in social and environmental compliance, share with peers and embark on the path towards more sustainable supply chains.

By working with the GSCP, we can help buying companies overcome key challenges, like complex supply chain management accentuated by lack of collaboration and increasing accountability and scrutiny on supply chain practices and management of social and environmental issues upstream.  Benefits for buying companies include:

  • Access to best corporate practices. A gold standard CoC and corresponding auditing practices for both environmental and social sustainability have been created by the GSCP in a collaborative industry-wide approach
  • A harmonised approach and common understanding for both buyers and suppliers on best practice supply chain management
  • GSCP framework enables greater supply chain efficiencies, cost reductions, risk management and improved product quality
  • Benchmarking against best practices allowing for continuous improvement
  • Insight on actionable goals for more sustainable supply chains

Supporting Suppliers

Suppliers around the globe are facing audit multiplication and costs while working to meet diverging requirements. By working within the GSCP approach, suppliers improve social and environmental conditions while driving value from auditing processes and enhancing market access.

By working with the GSCP, we can support suppliers in overcoming key challenges, such as diverging requirements from multiple codes, standards and schemes leading to supplier confusion; audit multiplication and mounting costs for suppliers; little focus on guidance; and focusing on audits rather than remediation. Benefits for suppliers include:

  • A common approach for suppliers across the board
  • A shifted focus allowing suppliers to drive value from auditing process
  • Enhanced market access
  • Improved social and environmental conditions through a continuous improvement approach
  • A framework for remediation and capacity building
  • Cost management through a reduction of audit duplication
  • Enhanced productivity and quality through better worker-management relationships and a more stable workforce
Equivalence Process

Our Equivalence Process is a robust online platform which enables the benchmarking of existing systems and standards against the international reference set out by the GSCP Reference Tools. By completing the Process and sharing results, users actively support the collective effort of building transparency and continuous improvement in the supply chain.

Our Reference Tools

Our GSCP Reference Tools are a complete suite of documents compiling best practices for managing sustainable supply chains. The tools are open-source, applicable globally and across sectors, while making business sense of international conventions and protocols.

The GSCP Reference Tools set the international reference on best practices for sustainable supply chain management. They provide a common interpretation of fair labour and environmental requirements and their implementation.

These tools are free and open-source. As a global reference, the tools may be used and adapted to local or sector-specific contexts under the condition that GSCP Terms of Reference are respected.

Download the tools below.


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