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What Is ‘Responsible Sport Initiative’ in the Bicycle Industry?

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OSTERMUNDIGEN, Switzerland – The benefits of cycling as highly efficient, healthy, and environmental friendly are known to everybody. These benefits create an image that raises high expectations for the bicycle industry in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). But what does it need for the bicycle industry to align itself with the best CSR efforts in other sectors?

What Is ‘Responsible Sport Initiative’ in the Bicycle Industry?
Leading bicycle industry brands, suppliers and retailers have come together under the WFSGI umbrella to address CSR in a comprehensive manner.

A group of leading bicycle industry brands, suppliers and retailers have come together under the WFSGI umbrella to address CSR in a comprehensive manner for the bicycle industry.

Collaboration in the bicycle industry

The Responsible Sport Initiative (RSI) is the product of this collaboration, providing an industry-wide solution based on a common approach. By aligning around the WFSGI Code of Conduct as the single unified standard, the RSI allows all participants to drive positive change more efficiently, while reducing the impact of evaluation on suppliers, brands and retailers.

The RSI approach is in a joint auditing solution. Members may choose whether to initiate and administrate the audits themselves or outsource the audit administration to the RSI Secretariat. The unified RSI standard will be audited using a single questionnaire and reports will be shared among customers of the supplier. Further, the RSI has trained a limited number of auditing firms that are now approved to use the auditor protocol for RSI. By streamlining the auditing process and increasing collaboration, work for the suppliers is greatly reduced.

Benefits and implications for RSI users

The remediation process will be aligned and coordinated. Corrective actions will be communicated through a single template, housed on the Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC) and a harmonized remediation timeline will be adopted.

Benefits and implications for RSI users:

• Consistent communication among all involved parties

• Sustainable monitoring approach through broad participation in shared facilities

• Culture of collaboration, continuous improvement and increased leverage through broad industry support

• Systemic change by identifying industry risk issues and working collaboratively to address them

• Joint audits save costs and time, and avoid audit fatigue and duplication

The named Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC) is a non-profit, membership-based software provider with a mission to improve working conditions. FFC’s model offers three distinct advantages; innovation, collaboration for sharing information about monitoring activities and a community for sharing solutions for supply chain improvements.

For more information: Marc-Ivar Magnus,, +41 31 939 6061

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