Ethical trading initiative

Helping to protect workers overseas

When we do work with overseas suppliers, we embrace the principles of the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) Base Code to respect workers’ rights. These are the minimum standards we apply. We also work closely with our suppliers to ensure that all of the relevant local and International laws are met.
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Their vision is a world where all workers are free from exploitation and discrimination, and work in conditions of freedom, security and equity. This year our corporate members' ethical trade activities touched the lives of over 9.8 million workers.
'Doing' ethical trade is much harder than it sounds. Modern supply chains are vast, complex and span the globe. Labour issues are themselves challenging. For example, what exactly is ‘a living wage'? What should a company do if it finds children working in a supplier's worksite? Evicting children from the workplace can, paradoxically, make their lives worse.
ETI brings corporate, trade union and voluntary sector members together in a unique alliance that enables us to collectively tackle many thorny issues that cannot be addressed by individual companies working alone.