Socially responsible production

JYSK is committed to respect human rights of workers, and we expect the same of our suppliers.  

JYSK’s products are produced in many different places in the world – also in so-called risk-countries. This refers to countries where it is found that there is a larger risk of breach on compliance with the fundamental rights at work as they are described in the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

As a part of our commitment to respect the fundamental rights of workers in our supply chain, we became members of amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative (amfori BSCI) in 2006 as one of the first companies in Denmark. Amfori BSCI is an international organisation and supply chain management system with focus on risk countries. 

As a member of amfori BSCI, JYSK has joined a common Code of Conduct – in other words a common set of rules with specific demands to the conditions at the factories where JYSK’s products are made. The amfori BSCI Code of Conduct refers to international conventions such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, OECD Guidelines, and the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

Amfori BSCI Code of Conduct consists of 11 principles for ethical and socially responsible way of doing business. Among other issues, child labour, forced labour, discrimination and corruption is prohibited and demands are also made related to work safety, decent working hours and that the employees on the factories have the right to be members of a union and to engage in collective bargaining.

All the producers, which makes products for JYSK, must accept and comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct in which Amfori BSCI’s 11 principles are included.

Dialogue and involvement is the way forward

Ongoing improvements are at the core of amfori BSCI and in JYSK, we believe that dialogue and involvement is the way forward when it comes to improving social conditions. 

The day-to-day responsibility of ensuring that our suppliers and producers comply with our Code of Conduct, including human rights of workers, is based in the JYSK Compliance & Quality department, where a BSCI-responsible is appointed.

JYSK demands that BSCI audits are carried out at suppliers and producers, and the BSCI-responsible must ensure that it is done.

An impartial third party, that has been approved by amfori BSCI, controls the producers on an ongoing basis and here it is assessed how good the factory is at complying with the 11 principles. If there are any deviations, amfori BSCI and the companies that purchase goods from the factory will be informed so that they in collaboration with the factory can find a solution.

If the breach is serious, a so-called zero tolerance protocol becomes effective and a solution must be found immediately. A remediation group will be formed, to make a plan for the actions needed to become compliant as soon as possible. If a zero tolerance case arises, the Compliance & Quality Director of JYSK will be involved immediately, and the Executive Vice President, Purchasing will be informed. 

If there are any deviations from our Supplier Code of Conduct on a factory, we prefer to continue working with the producer to secure that improvements are made. If we simply end the cooperation and turn our backs on the problems, the change will never happen. It is however crucial for the future cooperation that we experience improvements at the factory. If this is not the case, the cooperation must end. 

Our membership with Amfori BSCI enables a grievance mechanism for our business partners. The Amfori BSCI external grievance mechanism provides a platform for individuals or organisations to submit grievances, about perceived or real instances of wrong or unfair treatment. Read more or submit a grievance here. 




Ethical Trade Denmark

JYSK is a member of Etisk Handel Danmark (Ethical Trade Denmark), which is a multi-stakeholder Initiative, which brings together the business community, the labour movement and social organisations. The purpose of the initiative is to encourage actors to work together for ethical trade and find constructive solutions to the challenges faced by Danish companies with their suppliers in the developing world and the new emerging economies.