The Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) is an alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organizations that share a commitment to improved working conditions. Focused on workers producing or growing all types of consumer goods such as apparel or flowers worldwide, the ETI ensures that companies take responsibility for the ethical sourcing of their goods. It identifies and promotes good practices in employment conditions in line with the ETI Base Code, which was negotiated and agreed upon by the founding trade union, NGO and corporate members of the ETI.
Members are expected to adhere to the ETI Principles of Implementation:
- Commitment to ethical trading
- Integrating ethical trade into company culture and business practices
- Capacity-building for suppliers and others
- Identifying problems in the supply chain
- Improvement actions
The Ethical Trade Initiative audit demonstrates your organization’s dedication to socially and environmentally ethical standards as a member of the ETI. It ensures that your company is committed to undertaking activities to promote respect for workers’ rights and achieve real improvements in working conditions within the supply chain.
How can you prepare for the Ethical Trade Initiative audit?
Your company has to become familiar with and implement the nine principles of the ETI Base Code during an ETI audit. In addition, it is important to ensure that all applicable national laws and local laws are followed and implemented.
How can we help you?
TÜV SÜD certifies companies for ETI compliance. We offer Ethical Trade Initiative auditing that will measure your suppliers against the nine principles of the ETI Base Code.
Why choose TÜV SÜD
TÜV SÜD has a global network providing multidisciplinary expertise for a wide range of auditing and certifying services in key markets. We serve as a one-stop service provider for companies requiring social compliance programs and management systems standards, integrating ETI audits with other management systems such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, WRAP, SA8000®, BSCI and CoC.
As part of our commitment to unparalleled service quality, our inspectors and auditors are required to adhere to our strict Code of Conduct. This ensures the expert opinions they provide are professional, independent and impartial.