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Ethical Trading Initiative


The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a UK based alliance of companies, NGOs and trade union organisations. The purpose of the ETI is to promote and improve the implementation of corporate codes of practice which cover supply chain working conditions.

In the late 1990s, companies selling food and clothing to UK consumers were coming under increasing pressure to ensure decent working conditions for the people who produce the goods they sell. Such companies typically responded by adopting a code of practice setting out minimum labour standards that they expect their suppliers to comply with.

With this need in mind, ETI was set up in 1998 to bring the combined knowledge and influence of relevant NGOs and the international trade union movement to work alongside these companies to identify and promote good practice and code implementation.

The ultimate goal of the ETI is to ensure that the working conditions of workers producing for the UK market meet or exceed international labour standards. The ETI has corporate members, trade union members and NGO members. A number of large high street retailers in the fashion sector are members of the ETI. ETI membership is also open to companies in any other industry sector.

Corporate members of the ETI must commit to a set of membership criteria, including the ETI base code and they must monitor and verify compliance with this. Performance with regards to monitoring practice and implementation of codes must be reported annually to the ETI.

On the ETI website, you can find an extensive resources section, news on conferences and other activities that ETI organizes as well as a glossary on ethical trade.

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