Hamburg Business Centre
Schleswig-Holstein Business
Centre (WTSH)
Investment in Schleswig-
Holstein (WTSH)
BSCI Representative Office in India
Social Compliance and BSCI
IGEP - Certification
of Natural Stones
German-Indian Round Table (GIRT)
Mica and Stone Project
Rugmark Foundation India
The Little Keb-School



Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

IGEP-Foundation is an ISES 2020 certified body and is authorized to offer social and environmental consultancy and auditing services. IGEP has been actively working with the Foreign Trade Association of German Retailers (AVE), with the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) in Brussels, its Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) among others, to help the Indian companies to achieve social and environmental compliance. These companies mainly supply to BSCI participants such as: Karstadt, Metro Group, C&A, Otto, P&C, H&M and Deichmann among others. So there is a growing demand for such a comprehensive system for social compliance among Indian SME's.


IGEP now Representative Office of BSCI

In October 2009 the IGEP Foundation has been appointed to be the representative of BSCI (, the Business Social Compliance Initiative, in India. The BSCI is the leading business-driven initiative for companies committed to improving working conditions in the global supply chain. For BSCI and its600+ participants, IGEP functions as the contact point, information centre and service provider for all questions and activities related to social compliance and auditing procedures. A major advantage of BSCI audits is that members save both time and money. All BSCI participating companies can accept audits on their factories if already carried out by another participanting company. Additional individual audits are not necessary.



BSCI Activities within IGEP:

IGEP as the official representative of BSCI in India carries out the following activities:

  • Participant support: Information about BSCI standards, possibilities for self-assessment, carrying out pre-audits for the companies that need guidance and advice on how to plan and implement necessary changes before going for BSCI audits.
  • Monitoring of supply chain:
  • Dissemination of the Code of Conduct in regional languages. This is now one single code that is designed to fit both food and non-food products.
  • Facilitating workers’ complaints through printing and distribution of complaint cards to the Indian auditing companies. Any worker can report a complaint regarding the supplier and it will be dealt with on case by case basis.
  • Engaging with local stakeholders: Regular Round Tables in India for dissemination of information and investigating issues related to social compliance.

IGEP's main objective is to make companies working for the domestic market also socially compliant too. This is being carried out by systematically spreading information, providing services and strengthening cooperation with members, suppliers and all important stakeholders.

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