What is FSSC 24000?
With the Foundation's dedication to assisting with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation through its membership in the UN Global Compact, there is a clear focus on ensuring a minimum standard of social performance covering employment relations, human rights, health and safety, and work and business ethics. The goal of Foundation FSSC is to give trust and impact to the consumer goods industry in order to meet this requirement. The availability of the FSSC 24000 certification Scheme for social management systems (SMS) is crucial for empowering enterprises to have a social effect and support the Sustainable Development Goals as established by the United Nations.
Introduction FSSC 24000
The criteria for the audit and certification of an organization's social management system (SMS) within the scope of certification are set forth in the FSSC 24000 certification scheme (hence the Scheme). The certificate attests to the organization's SMS' compliance with the criteria of the FSSC 24000 Scheme.
The following normative texts form the foundation of the Scheme:
- BSI/PAS 24000:2022 – Social management system - Specification
- FSSC 24000 Additional Requirements (determined by the FSSC Board of stakeholders)
Aim of the scheme
The Scheme's aim is to verify that social sustainability requirements are completed, resulting in certification that ensures firms provide safe and fair working conditions, adhere to business ethical standards, and exercise due diligence in their supply chain management.
Nature of the FSSC 24000 scheme
The Scheme provides the requirements for third-party auditing and certification.
a) Incorporates the Public Available Specification, PAS 24000, developed by BSI, in which through a Harmonized Structure approach, requirements are defined for a Social Management System (SMS), as well as prerequisite/social performance requirements outlined in Annex A of this document.
b) FSSC 24000 Scheme requirements which contain specific requirements for organizations, Certification Bodies (CBs), and Accreditation Bodies (ABs).
c) Allows the integration with ISO-based management system standards such as those for food safety, quality, environmental, health, and safety etc.;
d) Is governed by a non-profit Foundation and managed by an independent Board of Stakeholders;
e) Increases transparency throughout the supply chain by establishing an “FSSC 24000 Register of certified organizations” which is publicly accessible.
FSSC 24000 content
The document is a compilation of the five Parts of the Scheme and the two Appendices. Three Annexes are included as well. These documents all have necessary Scheme requirements. Last but not least, there are guidance publications on various subjects to offer firms seeking certification to the Scheme and to Certification Bodies to provide further information on implementation with additional support. The FSSC website offers free downloads of all materials.
Part 1: Scheme overview
The Scheme's context and specifics, including its certification scopes, are described in this section.
Part 2: Requirements for organizations to be audited
To get or maintain certification for FSSC 24000, approved Certification Bodies must audit the organization's Social Management System (SMS) in accordance with the Scheme standards described in this section.
Part 3: Requirements for the certification process
This section outlines the specifications for how the certification process must be carried out by authorized Certification Bodies.
Part 4: Requirements for certification bodies
The criteria for certified Certification Bodies that offer organizations scheme certification services are outlined in this section.
Part 5: Requirements for accreditation bodies
The criteria for recognized accreditation bodies that offer accreditation services to authorized certification bodies are described in this section.
Appendix 1 Definitions
Explanation of terms and definitions used.
Appendix 2 Normative references
This section includes all citations used in all Scheme papers.
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