Ethical Trading Initiative

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[1] Information about ETI, an alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations improving the lives of workers who make consumer goods.

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a UK-based membership organisation established in 1998 that aims to improve conditions for workers around the world.

Its members include companies, trade unions and non-governmental organisations, collaborating to improve working conditions in global supply chains.

Company members are mostly UK-based brands and retailers including:

Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer, GAP, Next, Primark, H&M, The Body Shop, Burberry, Finlays and Typhoo.

Member companies commit to integrating the ETI Base Code, an internationally recognised set of labour standards, into their core procurement practices.

ETI runs a range of supply chain programmes that its members can join. Programmes include:

• Garments from Bangladesh

• The Leicester garment trade (UK)

• Sandstone from Rajasthan, India

• Thailand’s seafood industry

ETI gives companies a framework to guide their ethical trade work, offers technical and strategic advice and runs a range of training courses. Course titles include:

• Essentials of ethical trade

• Buying ethically

Modern slavery Act:[2] Is your business ready?

Ethical trade encompasses a breadth of labour rights such as working hours, health and safety, freedom of association and wages.


  1. ^ "Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) - Detailed guidance - GOV.UK". Retrieved 2016-06-22. 
  2. ^ "Modern Slavery Act 2015 — UK Parliament". Retrieved 2016-06-22.