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 PARIS, 18th September 2013 – The Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), a business-driven programme for the continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains and that is facilitated by The Consumer Goods Forum, today announced the publication of the GSCP Reference tool on Social & Labour Management Systems for Suppliers
 
This Reference tool provides a shared approach for defining and assessing suppliers’ management systems, to help suppliers meet social compliance requirements, drive value from the monitoring process and engage in continuous improvement. This tool was developed with the support of GSCP member companies, their suppliers and multiple stakeholders, along with both GSCP Boards. 
 

Interested parties will find details on the tool’s development process on the GSCP website, where the complete tool is also available for download. The GSCP encourages users to share the Reference tool among their contacts (this is an open source document, like all GSCP Reference tools), as appropriate. The GSCP is keen to receive feedback on the structure and content of the tool and have set up an online feedback process to gather comments in order to continuously improve the tool. 

 
Lastly, to complement this robust framework, the GSCP is now also working on developing practical handbooks, providing easy-to-use guidance and materials for suppliers based on their size, maturity and sector. This work is now underway in collaboration with GSCP members, key international organisations and other stakeholders, and more information on this will be forthcoming. 
 
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About the GSCP 
The Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) is a business-driven programme for the continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains. The GSCP was created by and for global buying companies wanting to work collaboratively on improving the sustainability (social and environmental) of their often-shared supply base. To this end, these companies are working on harmonizing existing efforts to deliver a shared, global and sustainable approach based on consensus and best existing practice. 
 
For more information on the Global Social Compliance Programme please visit: http://www.gscpnet.com or write to gscp@theconsumergoodsforum.com 
 
About The Consumer Goods Forum 
The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) is a global, parity-based industry network, driven by its members. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of over 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers and other stakeholders across 70 countries and reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Forum member companies have combined sales of EUR 2.5 trillion. Their retailer and manufacturer members directly employ nearly 10 million people with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain.  
 
The Forum, through its vision “Better lives through better business”, has been given a mandate by its members to develop common positions on key strategic and operational issues affecting the consumer goods business, with a strong focus on non-competitively sensitive process improvement. The Forum’s success is driven by the active participation of the key players in the sector, who together develop and lead the implementation of best practices along the value chain. 
 
For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.