Sustainability Partner - BSI

Sustainability Partner - BSI

North Korean Forced Labor Risk Series

USFIA's Sustainability Partner BSI invites you to a thought-provoking series of events highlighting their research and advisory work related to the recent focus on the issue of North Korean forced labor. The resources below will provide insight into the current risk landscape regarding North Korean forced labor and their impacts on the supply chain.

EVENT: Mitigating the Risk of Forced Labor & Exploitation of North Korean Nationals in Your Supply Chain - May 10 & 31

Join BSI and C4ADS (Center for Advanced Defense Studies) for a free event in Arlington, Virginia or London, United Kingdom to hear from subject matter experts on how to effectively identify and mitigate North Korean forced labor risks within your supply chain. Both BSI and C4ADS have extensive knowledge and intelligence on the current global risk landscape concerning the exploitation of North Korean workers, and have come together to drive awareness and best mitigation practices to eliminate the threat to organizations and the abuse of foreign workers. 

Click here to view the agenda, venue and speaker details and register.

WEBINAR: Identifying North Korean Forced Labor Threats in Your Supply Chain  

This introductory webinar, provided by BSI and C4ADS, covered topics, such as countries at greatest risk, documented incidents of the presence of North Korean labor, and criteria that correlates with an increased likelihood of forced labor. As well as the innovative research methods used by BSI and C4ADS to identify and quantify the threat and impact posed by this issue. 

Click here to access the recording.

ICYMI: North Korean Forced Labor in International Supply Chains Report

In examining North Korean migrant labor worldwide, BSI has identified notable countries and industries of concern, as well as the recruitment methodologies and working conditions characteristic of North Korean forced labor. This report examines specific notable cases of North Korean forced labor abroad, and how companies and governments addressed these cases. In addition, this report highlights how recent government and company actions are contributing to changes in current trends in North Korean forced labor worldwide.

Click here to access the report.

BSI's Annual Supply Chain Intelligence Review Webinar - February 2018

BSI's Annual Global Supply Chain Risk Review provides a high-level overview of the top security, corporate social responsibility, business continuity, and food safety and fraud risks and trends from 2017 as well as an outlook on major and emerging supply chain risks in 2018. 

BSI’s annual review will provide data and analysis on an array of supply chain topics and disruptions, including:

  • Rising cargo theft risks in Mexico and Brazil
  • Natural disaster Resilience in the US and Puerto Rico
  • Increasing Rate of Workplace Fatalities in Turkey
  • Growing drug introduction threat in China and Southeast Asia
  • Supply chain corruption issues within the Philippines
  • Extent of North Korea’s expatriate forced labor program
  • Stowaway introduction risks in Europe
  • International Cyber Attack and Impacts on Business Continuity
  • Child labor risks in India and more

To register for this event, please click on the date and time that works best for you:

February 20, 2018 at 1:00pm ET 

February 21, 2018 at 9:00am ET

A full report will be made available for download following the webinar.


Webinar: Corporate Social Responsibility Risk Index - December 13, 2017

DATE: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
TIME: 11:00am to 12:00pm Eastern Standard Time
BSI has recorded several notable trends in corporate social responsibility risks, including the threats of child labor, poor working conditions, and environmental pollution, over the course of 2017. Globally, BSI has observed the weakening capacity of many national governments to enforce labor laws, potentially increasing the exposure businesses face to these CSR risks.
BSI will discuss the following topics and more: 
  • Bangladesh - poor working conditions 
  • Turkey - child labor 
  • China - pollution 
  • South America - forced labor threats 
  • United Kingdom - poor working conditions and labor violations 


BSI Named USFIA Sustainability Partner for 2018/2019

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) is excited to announce that BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions will continue to serve as our Sustainability Partner in 2018 and 2019. During this time, they will help us deliver timely information to our members and develop best practices and educational materials on supply chain transparency and traceability, as well as sustainable, ethical sourcing and business practices.

BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions is the leading global provider of supply chain intelligence, audit management services solutions, and risk management advisory services. BSI’s mission is to help organizations identify, manage, and mitigate global supply chain threats to protect their brand and reputation and become more resilient. BSI’s holistic supply chain risk management suite is designed to help organizations predict and visualize risk, and develop robust mitigation and compliance management programs to protect their supply chain, brand, and reputation.

“USFIA values BSI’s strong support of our organization and activities, and we’re thrilled that we get to continue working together in 2018 and 2019 to develop additional educational resources for the industry,” says Julia K. Hughes, President of USFIA. “In addition to bringing BSI’s corporate responsibility and supply chain transparency expertise to our events, webinars, and member content, we’re also looking forward to working with BSI to continue to develop our Social Compliance & Sustainability Committee, which we launched together in 2017.”

“BSI is proud to announce our renewed partnership with USFIA as their Sustainability Partner. In 2018, we plan to expand on our work from 2017 and continue to provide guidance and support on emerging issues that impact USFIA members,” says Ryan Lynch, Head of Advisory and CSR for BSI. “We are excited to break ground on a new project with USFIA developing workshops designed to tackle challenging supplier worksite issues, such as migrant labor exploitation and excessive working hours. We look forward to working with USFIA and the membership again!”

USFIA and BSI will expand on their partnership and current committee and workshop plans at USFIA Fashion Forward: San Francisco on February 1st at Levi Strauss & Co.

Throughout the rest of the year, BSI will:

  • Serve as co-chair of the USFIA Social Compliance & Sustainability Committee.
  • Present on social responsibility at the USFIA Washington Trade Symposium on July 12, 2018.
  • Present on the Supplier Compliance Audit Network (SCAN)during events and webinars throughout the year. BSI serves as the program manager for SCAN, which U.S. Customs & Border Protection considers a “best practice” for brands and retailers.
  • Communicate top corporate social responsibility, security and business continuity supply chain threats throughout the year via monthly highlight reports published with USFIA.
  • Co-host a series of webinars for USFIA’s members and network, including webinars this spring on effective workplace systems and CSR risk management programs.
  • Co-host workshops with USFIA that enable participants to better establish effective workplace systems by guiding them through interactive exercises designed to strengthen skills related to critical thinking, problem solving, root cause analysis, change management, & project facilitation.
  • Provide intelligence to USFIA members from the Supply Chain Risk Exposure Evaluation Network (SCREEN),BSI’s web-based, comprehensive global supply chain intelligence system.
  • Provide access to BSI’s new Supply Chain Intelligence Centerwhere individual SCREEN country risk reports are available for purchase online.
  • Invite USFIA members to access other BSI materials, and participate in BSI-sponsored educational and networking opportunities around the world. Join BSI on February 20th or 21st, 2018 for a free webinar, BSI’s Annual Global Supply Chain Intelligence Review.

USFIA’s partners support us in our mission while helping us amplify the industry’s voice on the critical issues and keep our members informed about the regulatory challenges of today and tomorrow. For more information on our partners for 2018, visit www.usfashionindustry.com

For more information on BSI’s services and solutions, contact Brittney De Stefano at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website at www.bsi-supplychain.com.

Webinar: Developing a Robust Responsible Sourcing Program

Developing a robust and sustainable responsible sourcing program requires strategy, communication, capacity building, validation, and the proper management. Incorporating these elements into your program will help appropriately allocated resources to ensure the integrity of your supply chain, drive improvement and protect your brand and reputation.

Ryan Lynch, Head of Advisory and CSR for BSI, USFIA's Sustainability Partner, explains how to develop a robust responsible sourcing program that best utilizes your resources.


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