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Introducing Our Work on Benchmarking and Recognition

In order to be recognised by the CGF’s Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative, social compliance schemes – and in the future environmental schemes – have to undergo benchmarking according to the SSCI benchmark methodology and provide evidence that all essential social and scheme management benchmark criteria are met.

The SSCI benchmark will initially be applicable to social compliance schemes. In a second phase, the SSCI will extend its scope to environmental compliance.

The benchmark methodology will be streamlined with the benchmark methodology of the CGF Global Food Safety Initiative to ensure a consistent approach to benchmarking across the CGF. The benchmark methodology will include a Self-Assessment, followed by an independent expert review. Further details on the benchmark methodology will be shared in due time.

The SSCI benchmark criteria will consist of two main parts:

  • Social Criteria: Criteria that are typically found in codes of conduct (e.g. child labour, forced labour, working hours, discrimination, etc.)
  • Scheme Management Criteria: Criteria that ensure the robust performance of schemes and the effective implementation of the schemes’ procedures and policies (e.g. standard-setting mechanism, independent oversight of audit firms, auditor competence requirements, etc.)

All essential SSCI benchmark criteria will have to be met to achieve CGF SSCI recognition.

Please consult our FAQs for further information.

Working Together to Build Trust

“The SSCI recognises that collaboration will be crucial in tackling social and, as the project develops, environmental sustainability problems. The challenges we face are so complex that they require the private sector, governments, NGOs and the investor community to come together and drive positive outcomes”.

Chris Tyas, Global Head Supply Chain, Nestlé SA

Scheme Management Criteria

The Technical Working Group on the SSCI scheme management criteria is developing the content of the scheme management benchmark criteria, thereby aligning currently diverging industry expectations towards third party auditing and certification programmes.

The scheme management criteria are based on the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) scheme management criteria, the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) governance and operational management criteria and ISEAL criteria.

The criteria will include the following elements:

 

Governance

  • Scheme Governance
  • Scope and Objectives
  • Integrity Programme
  • Logo Use and Claims
  • Standard Setting and Maintenance

 

Operational Management / System

  • Accreditation
  • Relationship with Audit Firms
  • Auditor Competence
  • Audit Protocol
  • Audit Reporting
  • Follow-up Action
  • Data Management

Social Criteria

The Technical Working Group on the SSCI social criteria is developing the content of the social benchmark criteria, thereby aligning currently diverging industry expectations towards third party auditing and certification programmes.

The SSCI Social Criteria are informed by international reference frameworks such as principles from relevant ILO Conventions, the 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the CGF Priority Industry Principles on Forced Labour. The criteria will include the following elements:

  • Management System
  • Compliance with International Labour Standards and National Legislation
  • No Forced, Bonded and Prison Labour
  • No Child Labour
  • Freedom of Association and Effective Recognition of the Right to Collective Bargaining
  • No Discrimination, Harassment or Abuse
  • Health and Safety
  • Building and Fire Safety
  • Wages, Benefits and Terms of Employment
  • Working Hours
  • Grievance Mechanism
Questions?

In order to achieve SSCI recognition, schemes have to undergo benchmarking according to the SSCI methodology and meet all essential social and scheme management criteria. Please consult our FAQs for further information