Social Accountability

Golze is a participant in the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)

Participant of BSCI

We are a “Business Social Compliance Initiative” (BSCI) participant and, by auditing our suppliers, we ensure the improvement of social standards and working conditions in the countries of origin. The initiative's overarching objective is to safeguard fundamental human rights in the production and supply chain.

We have thereby committed ourselves to carrying out regular checks of our suppliers according to the following BSCI code of conduct and thus to ensuring that:

  1. Legal requirements are met.
  2. The rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining are respected.
  3. Discrimination is not practised in any form.
  4. Legal minimum wages and/or industrial standards are met, and the prescribed handling of overtime is observed.
  5. Applicable national laws and industry standards with regard to working hours and public holidays are complied with.
  6. Our suppliers provide a safe and healthy workplace environment for their workers.
  7. Child labour is totally forbidden.
  8. The prohibition on forced and compulsory labour and disciplinary measures is observed.
  9. Environmental and safety issues meet minimum legal requirements.
  10. Social accountability is observed using management systems.

Otto & Golze GmbH is therefore making its contribution to social accountability in our globalised economy.

The initiative acts as an interface between companies, workers' representatives, non-governmental organisations and other civil society groups. The envisaged joint monitoring programme is intended to convince the end consumer that the import and retail trade is meeting its social responsibilities. Thanks to a high level of transparency, the system is afforded the utmost credibility both internally and in the public domain.

The long-term goal is a practical, internationally applicable monitoring system that supports supplier companies in adhering to social standards. The association focuses primarily on the textile and toy industries.

Superfluous multiple audits can be dispensed with, saving time and money. Adherence to social standards achieves economic advantages for suppliers and sole traders alike, since productivity is increased and the product quality is improved. In turn, high-quality products can improve the competitiveness of sole traders.