Social Compliance

Social compliance ensures fair working conditions within the company and among its suppliers. The goal is to protecthuman rightsand labourrights.

What’s it all about?

  • What does social compliance mean?
  • How do compliance and social compliance differ?

Social compliance means that an organisation and/or its suppliers comply with laws, guidelines, standards, codes of conduct and/or social conventions. The aim is to ensure socially responsible behaviour within the value-creation and supply chain.

The goal of social compliance

Social compliance ensures the safety and health of employees and protects their basic human and labour rights. Social compliance standards, such as those set out by the amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative (amfori BSCI), support sustainable and ethical corporate management.

Difference between compliance and social compliance

Compliance essentially revolves around the adherence to rules and laws. Social compliance goes beyond this legal conformity and extends the awareness of corporate responsibility along the entire supply and distribution chain. The focus here is not only on legal aspects but also on health and safety at work, labour rights and human rights, as well as social and environmental aspects.


Happy people – great shrimp

A company’s most valuable resource? People. Asvini, a shrimp supplier from India, is committed to social sustainability.

For METRO, responsible behaviour along the value creation and supply chain is of great significance. In Asvini, a prawn supplier from India, METRO has found a strong partner that advocates social sustainability.