Socially responsible production

JYSK’s products are produced in many different places in the world and we set strict requirements to our suppliers. As part of our work to secure ethical and socially responsible production, we became members of amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative (amfori BSCI) in 2006 as one of the first companies in Denmark.

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, the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, OECD Guidelines, UN Global Compact and International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions and Recommendations relevant to improve working conditions in the supply chain.

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 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. Demands are also made for protection of the environment.

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, 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 socalled 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. 

Read more about JYSK’s work with amfori BSCI at JYSK’s online news media, GOJYSK.com.

The Danish Ethical Trading Initiative

JYSK is a member of The Danish Ethical Trading Initiative, 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.