Scaling Up Indian Responsible Business Initiatives
SAI, BSCI & GIZ Partner to Build Capacity of Suppliers on Social Compliance
Center For Responsible Business
Project at a glance
In an effort to address the lack of adequate and competent support structures for developing responsible business practices by the large, medium, small and micro enterprises, the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and Social Accountability International (SAI) have joined forces with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH/German Development Cooperation (GIZ). The project aims at supporting scaling up of current initiatives for responsible business practices in India, by developing local enabling and qualifying structures which are harmonized with relevant national and international human rights and sustainability statutes and covenants, correspond with local conditions, and are affordable – particularly for the micro, small and medium enterprises. The project aims to help significantly increase the number of India based suppliers and sub-contractors that have management systems in place, enabling them to comply with a range of widely accepted codes of conduct and standards.
The international Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) movement has made headway in developing and implementing systems that enable companies to produce efficiently with high quality while complying with social and ecological standards systems and ethical norms. Major emerging economies such as India have an ever-growing interest in facilitating the adoption of voluntary standards systems. In India, the CSR movement is spearheaded by strong national leaders, often large industrial companies which advocate for sustainable development as well as actively integrating CSR standards and management systems. However, the current proliferation of standard initiatives often causes a burden for suppliers and producers, as they increasingly have to comply with the various requirements of compliance standards that all address the same or similar topics. This leads to a certain audit and implementation fatigue, potential for inefficiencies, and high costs from redundancies.
The project aims at scaling up current CSR initiatives in India, by developing local enabling and qualifying structures which are harmonized, correspond with local conditions, and are affordable for companies. The project duration is three years, starting from April 2010 until April 2013.
The project will use a multi-stakeholder approach, seeking expert inputs from the key stakeholders on the services that are required by the large, medium, small and micro enterprises. These inputs will feed into setting up of a Centre of Excellence for Responsible Business in India whose purpose will be to provide responsible business-related support services - information, advisory and capacity building - to the India based manufacturers and stakeholders. The Centre’s main aim will be to support coordination and linkages among related initiatives and foster the mainstreaming of responsible business practices in India.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
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Click here to read an interview with SAI's India Project Director, Rishi Singh (November 2010)