Sustainability Partner - BSI

Sustainability Partner - BSI

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.


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.


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 SCREEN Alerts from Ukraine, Bangladesh, & India

BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions, USFIA's Sustainability Partner for 2017, has provided the below alerts from  Supply Chain Risk Exposure Evaluation Network (SCREEN), BSI’s web-based, comprehensive global supply chain intelligence system.

July 25: Ukrainian Customs Officers in Odessa Seize 18,840 Pairs of Counterfeit Footwear from China

Ukrainian customs officers in Odessa seized 18,840 pairs of counterfeit men’s sport shoes from China. Authorities flagged the shipment during import proceedings and discovered footwear infringing on the trademarks of three of the largest sports apparel companies in the world. Shipping documents indicated that a Chinese company manufactured the counterfeit sneakers for sale in Ukraine. Expert investigators noted that the professional illicit quality of the footwear logos could easily be confused with the legitimate trademarks.

July 5: Boiler Explosion at Garment Factory Near Dhaka, Bangladesh Kills 13, Injures 40

Bangladeshi authorities accused 13 people, including three deceased boiler operators, of negligence in an explosion at a garment factory outside Dhaka earlier this week that killed 13 people and injured 40 more. The explosion occurred late on Monday at a factory in Gazipur, north of Dhaka, that was a supplier for several Western apparel brands. The facility was also covered by one of the two major garment sector working conditions improvement programs in Bangladesh backed by Western brands.

The factory was still technically closed for the Eid holiday at the time of the explosion, and was scheduled to reopen on Tuesday after the ten-day holiday. However, several workers returned to the facility one day early, and three workers attempted to restart the boiler, causing the blast. Authorities and other employees at the factory said that the three workers who attempted to restart the boiler had not informed the management of their plans to do so, and ignored a warning light on the device. Investigating authorities said that the license for the boiler in question had recently expired, although factory management said that they had applied for a license renewal and that the device had recently undergone maintenance. Officials at the Bangladeshi boiler inspectorate said that the device had passed an inspection last year and was scheduled for its next inspection later this month.

The latest incident demonstrates continuing safety concerns at garment factories in Bangladesh, including at facilities covered by the two major Western brand-backed working conditions improvement programs. Neither program conducts boiler inspections, which are the responsibility of the Bangladeshi government. The Bangladeshi boiler inspectorate is severely understaffed, with only six inspectors responsible for overseeing thousands of registered and unregistered boilers throughout the country. Union officials said that the latest explosion demonstrates the need for the two working conditions improvement programs to include boiler safety as part of their remit.

June 14: Indian Government Decision to Restrict Cattle Trade Leads to Sharp Decrease in Leather Supply, Potentially Impacting Apparel Supply Chains

The Indian government’s recently-imposed restrictions on the cattle trade, along with increasing vigilante attacks on cattle traders by far-right wing “cow protection” groups, are having a significant impact on the country’s leather industry. The central government banned the trade of cattle for slaughter or other non-agricultural uses at the end of last month, sharply restricting the supply of leather to tanneries and workshops that produce apparel and accessories for Western brands. The head of a tanners’ association in Uttar Pradesh state estimated that nearly 400,000 employees in the leather industry in the city of Kanpur, a leather production hub, were temporarily out of work due to a lower supply of buffalo hides and to environmental restrictions on tannery operations. Increasing vigilante attacks by far-right groups on cattle traders, including on trucks suspected of transporting cattle or cattle products, have also impacted the leather industry, with one tannery owner in Uttar Pradesh seeing an over 80 percent reduction in his supply of hides due to truck operators’ reluctance to transport hides. The Indian government has suggested in recent days that it might revisit the cattle trade restrictions, but there are no indications yet that it is considering fully reversing its position. BSI will continue to monitor this situation and its potential impacts on business continuity in India.

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