The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is an eco label standard for business. ETI is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promote respect for workers’ rights around the globe. The vision of Ethical Trading Initiative is a world where all workers are free from exploitation and discrimination, and enjoy conditions of freedom, security and equity. The environmental and social impact of workers is the main priority.
Ethical Trading Initiative means that retailers, brands and their suppliers take responsibility for improving the working conditions of the people who make the products they sell. Most of these workers are employed by supplier companies around the world, many of them based in poor countries where laws designed to protect workers’ rights are inadequate or not enforced.
Code of Practice
Companies with a commitment to ethical trade adopt a code of labour practice that they expect all their suppliers to work towards. Such codes address issues like wages, hours of work, health and safety and the right to join free trade unions. ETI brings corporate, trade union and voluntary sector members together in a unique alliance that enables them to collectively tackle many thorny issues that cannot be addressed by individual companies working alone.