Responsible Supply Chain Management
JYSK’s products are produced in many different areas of the world, including so-called risk-countries. This refers to countries where the risk of challenges with for example working conditions are considered to be significant. This makes Supply Chain Management one of the most important areas regarding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
JYSK has always placed strict demands on our suppliers, but in 2006 this work was formalised when JYSK became one of the first Danish companies to join Amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative (Amfori BSCI).
Shared Code of Conduct
Amfori BSCI is an international supply chain management-system that ensures decent working conditions in the supply chain in risk-countries.
As a member of Amfori BSCI, JYSK has joined in on a common Code of Conduct – which means a common set of rules and specific demands for the conditions at the factories, where the products are made.
The Amfori BSCI Code of Conduct consists of 11 principles for an ethical and socially responsible way of doing business. Among other things, 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 a member of a union. Demands are also made for protection of the environment.
You can read more about the 11 principles in Amfori BSCI's Code of Conduct.
On a global scale, Amfori BSCI has more than 2,200 members, which all support the same Code of Conduct and thereby all make the same demands regarding the conditions on the factories. More than 50,000 producers are registered in the Amfori BSCI system.
All the producers, which makes products for JYSK, must accept our Supplier Code of Conduct and thereby commit to comply with the 11 principles .
Involvement is the way forward
The producers are evaluated by a third party - which means an impartial company that is approved by Amfori BSCI to control the factories. On inspection visits, it is assessed how good the factory is at complying with the Code of Conduct. 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.
Ongoing improvements are the core of Amfori BSCI. In JYSK, we agree on this and consider dialogue and involvement to be keywords. Change takes time and only occurs when a common effort is made.
For this reason, if a deviation from code of conduct is found at a factory, we prefer to continue working with the producer and thereby ensure that an improvement is made, rather than immediately ending our partnership. If we were to end a partnership with a producer and turn our backs on the problems, then the change would never occur. We believe involvement is the way forward when it comes to the process of improving social conditions.
However, if we do not experience improvements at the factory within a given time period, our ways must part.
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.