Ethical Trading Initiative

Certification ensuring companies adhere to ethical trading practices, promoting fair treatment of workers and responsible supply chains.

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Ethical Trading Initiative






The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) aims to improve working conditions by encouraging retailers, brands, and suppliers to take responsibility for their supply chains. The initiative does not formally endorse any certificates of compliance nor does it accredit auditors. It focuses on the entire supply chain, emphasizing the protection of workers' rights at all levels.

Key Features

  • Unlike traditional certifications, ETI uses audits as a tool for identifying issues rather than a pass-or-fail mechanism.

  • ETI offers members training, events, and resources to help companies implement the ETI's labor guidelines.

  • ETI doesnโ€™t provide information to the public on the ethical performance of individual companies.


ETI relies on private firms for audits and does not carry out these assessments themselves. Additionally, they do not sanction members for labor rights issues discovered in their supply chains. This approach may raise questions about the level of oversight and accountability within the initiative.

Duration and Renewal

ETI operates on a continuous membership model, offering training, events, and resources to help members implement labor guidelines. There is no specified duration or renewal process, but ongoing improvement is encouraged through various resources.

Impact and Significance

Membership in ETI signifies a commitment to improving working conditions and ethical trade. However, the lack of formal endorsements, accreditations, and sanctions may not provide the same level of assurance as other more rigorous standards. On the positive side, ETI offers a range of resources for ongoing improvement, making it a dynamic and evolving initiative.