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Ethical Trading Initiative issues guides to child labour and modern slavery - news

By Brian Collett — The telltale signs of slave labour are flagged up in a free guide just released by the Ethical Trading Initiative , the London-based alliance of companies, trade unions...

Human rights rise to top of business agenda - news

By Tom Idle — Business respect for human rights has been given a big boost with the “historic step” taken by the French Parliament to green light the much-awaited corporate...

Human rights rise to top of business agenda - news

By Tom Idle — Business respect for human rights was given a big boost with the “historic step” taken by the French Parliament to green light the much-awaited ...

New EU reporting rules for large companies take effect - news

By Brian Collett — UK businesses with 500 or more employees must now disclose non-financial information in their annual reports under new EU-directed legislation.    The...

250 core business changes, 2.5 million workers treated better— Ethical Trading Initiative - news

by Brian Collett — Credit for pay increases to 353,000 garment workers in Cambodia and Myanmar during the past five years is claimed by the London-based Ethical Trading Initiative...

Parliament considers bill to require business reporting on slavery policies - news

by Brian Collett — Businesses would have to include statements on their slavery policies in their Companies House returns under legislation now before the UK Parliament. This measure...

Supply chain transparency urged on anniversary of Rana Plaza disaster - news

Later this month, on 24 April 2015, people in 66 countries around the world will challenge global fashion brands to demonstrate commitment to transparency across the length of the value chain....

Trading bodies unite to call for urgent Rana Plaza contributions - news

Ahead of the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse, the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and Social Accountability...

Chamberlain joins ETI as new chair - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has welcomed Philip Chamberlain as its new chair. Chamberlain brings a wealth of retail experience to the role, gained working with prominent European...

Rising to the challenge of the ethical consumer - news

Ethical trading is now a well recognised part of the wider sustainable business agenda, but there’s still a long way to go. Miranda Ingram reports Twenty years ago there were three...

Living wage protesters hit London Fashion Week opening - news

Protesters took action last week to mark the opening of London Fashion Week with the message “Don’t mention the garment workers”. Activists highlighted the event because,...

Bonded labour afflicts many in Tamil Nadu garment district - news

Most companies importing garments from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu refuse to disclose whether or how they tackle bonded labour abuses at their supplying factories. Many of the...

BMS market takes first step with FTSE4Good - news

The market for breast milk substitutes is a highly contentious ethical area, especially for investors. The FTSE4Good criteria for the category – launched last year – is an attempt...

Wages come to fore in Bangaldesh supply chain - news

A 77% increase in minimum salary for Bangladeshi garment workers has been proposed by the national wages board. This would fix the monthly minimum at 5,300 takas ($68, £42, €51)....

ETI launches guide to supply chains & trade unions - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has launched a guide to support companies uphold the right to freedom of association within their supply chains. Freedom of association is the right for...

McCarthy takes chair at ETI - news

Suzanne McCarthy has succeeded Alan Roberts as chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). Suzanne joined the ETI from her position as UK Immigration Services Commissioner.

Living wage: ethics and economics converge - news

No global supply chains consistently pay a living wage. While food prices and energy costs escalate, the issue of a living wage has become more important – and challenging – than...

‘Map’ of supply chain issues due in new project - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is to map key global supply chains to tackle the basic causes of the abuse and exploitation of poor and vulnerable workers. It will include all...

BBC child labour footage ‘was probably faked’ - news

The BBC Trust has admitted that footage purporting to show clothing retailer Primark using child labour was faked. The BBC’s apology refers to a Panorama programme broadcast in June...

ETI stands by Asda over ‘poverty wages’ allegations - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative has ruled out suspending Asda’s as one of its members, despite allegations of poverty wages in the UK retailer’s supply chain.   Asda has...

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A guide on ethical purchasing standards for the UK National Health Service (NHS) has been launched, outlining best practice for procurement staff. The online toolkit, developed in collaboration...

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The Ethical Trading Initiative is to extend its work with poor and vulnerable homeworkers in India after receiving a new grant of £230,000 over two years from the British government.

inbrief - news

Updated advice for companies on how to deal with homeworkers in the supply chain has been issued by the Ethical Trading Initiative. The guidance has been posted on a new homeworker...

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Peter McAllister becomes the new director of the Ethical Trading Initiative this month. Formerly executive director of the International Cocoa Initiative, he replaces Dan Rees, who is now...

Rapid growth puts BSCI in pole position - news

The Belgium-based Business for Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) has proclaimed itself the world’s largest ethical supply chain programme, having recruited more than 200 members since...

Stone sector bedevilled by bogus ethical claims - news

A clampdown has begun on companies in the stone industry that are making misleading claims about their 'ethical' sourcing, including suggestions that they are members of the Ethical...

School for buyers launched - news

Training courses in ethical purchasing have been introduced by the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) to help companies’ individual employees with buying decisions and practices. The...

inbrief - news

Members of the Ethical Trading Initiative spent £18million ($27.5m, €20.8m) on ethical trade activities in 2008-09 – up from £14m the previous year, says the...

Primark escapes censure as ETI offers its support - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative has decided after a year-long investigation not to take action against the clothing retailer Primark over allegations of workers’ rights abuses at some of...

ETI provides stepping stone for newcomers - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is to offer a lower level ‘foundation membership’ to companies that are new to the ethical trading sphere.   ETI will support...

BBC firm steps up auditing - news

The BBC’s commercial arm is to intensify its ethical supply chain measures by extending its focus to secondary suppliers in high-risk countries and primary suppliers in lower-risk...

Neil Kearney: CSR-focused union leader who sought consensus - news

Neil Kearney, a key figure behind the Ethical Trading Initiative and the SA8000 workplace standard, has died aged 59 of a heart attack. Kearney, who was general secretary of the...

Boots picks up with Bitc after leaving the ETI fold - news

Alliance Boots has turned to Business in the Community for advice on ethical supply chain management after its recent decision to leave the Ethical Trading Initiative. The UK-based high...

inbrief - news

Pharmacy and consumer goods retailer Boots has left the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), an alliance of companies, NGOs and trade unions that works on improving ethical supply chain management....

Under-fire Primark starts to put its house in order - news

The cut-price clothing retailer Primark has responded to continuing bad publicity about conditions in its supply chain by creating the post of ethical trading director. At the same time the...

Levi Strauss puts stress on buying habit changes - news

Levi Strauss is reporting early signs of success for a new approach to ethical supply chain monitoring that entails adjusting buying habits. The multinational clothing brand has introduced...

Big spenders set out their ethical purchasing goals - news

Two arms of the British state that together spend more than £50billion ($73bn) a year – the Ministry of Defence and the National Health Service – have begun to adopt...

ETI takes tough stance as Primark upsets members - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has gained its members’ backing to consider sanctions against the UK clothing retailer Primark over claims of poor labour standards among suppliers....

inbrief - news

Julia Kilbourne joins the London-based Ethical Trading Initiative next month as project manager. She moves from the Ethical Tea Partnership, also in London, where she was operations manager.

Pace of change ‘too slow’ on fashion sector wages - news

Most British fashion chains are making only ‘glacial’ progress on improving wages in their supply chains, according to a new analysis by a group of non-governmental organizations and...

Primark problems show audits cannot reveal all - news

The retailer Primark has blamed the presence of child labour in its supply chain on 'wholesale deception' by three suppliers and the difficulty it has in auditing subcontractors....

£9bn Olympic budget will have ethical basis - news

Suppliers of products and services for the 2012 Olympic Games in London will have to follow sustainable procurement guidelines. In autumn the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic...

Buyers need incentives to take an ethical view - news

Retail companies have been urged to train buyers on labour standards – and to link their pay to supply chain improvements. The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) says the progress...

Conservatives back responsibility deals - news

A Conservative government in the UK would amend the combined code on corporate governance to require boards to ‘seriously consider their ethical standards’. The report of the...

Suppliers pressed on wages - news

‘Living wage’ levels for 400 employees have been written into contracts issued to private sector companies by the Greater London Authority Group. The GLA, which includes the...

building firms ready to sign procurement deal - news

An unusual alliance between government and industry has led to the creation of a Strategy for Sustainable Construction in England and Wales that outlines voluntary commitments on the part of...

BSR reads last rites for monitoring approach - news

The most influential corporate responsibility body in the US says the tide has turned against the audit-led approach to ethical supply chain monitoring. BSR argues that the widespread...

Brown told to get moving on ethical buying regime - news

Oxfam has urged UK prime minister Gordon Brown to create a more ‘enabling environment for ethical trade’ in public procurement. The UK public sector spends £125billion ($250bn) annually on...

ethical trade auditing: money for old rope? - news

Companies are starting to complain that supply chain auditors are failing to drive improvements. EP looks at a sobering assessment by the Ethical Trading Initiative As an assessment of the...

suppliers give support to end of nit-picking era - news

A ‘progressive’ new ethical supply chain monitoring regime that allows auditors to overlook minor legal infringements in order to concentrate on welfare concerns has been well received by the tea...

Levi Strauss resigns over living wage spat - news

Levi Strauss has left the Ethical Trading Initiative after refusing to adopt the ‘living wage’ provision of the ETI’s base code. The clothing manufacturer was suspended from membership in...

businesses blast ‘ineffective’ social auditing firms - news

Companies have been urged to stop using third party social auditing firms to do their ethical supply chain monitoring because many of them are not up to the job. The hard-hitting advice...

big retailers aim to create standard to suit everyone - news

A group of multinational retailers is to attempt to develop a single global standard for ethical supply chain management that would replace existing models and be used by all sectors. The...

inbrief - news

Niaz Alam has become deputy director of the UK-based Ethical Trading Initiative after spending 11 years in various posts at Ethical Investment Research Services, the London-based SRI data provider.

ETI trio urged to examine factory claims - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has asked three of its members to investigate accusations that workers in their supply chain are regularly working 80 hours a week for only 5p (9.8 cents) an...

ethical trading flagship has had limited impact - news

One of the world’s longest-running ethical supply chain management initiatives has generally led to only minor improvements in workplace standards – or none at all – during its first decade....

clothes chain throws its hat into the ethical trading ring - news

One of the UK’s largest high street clothes retailers, Primark, has shown an increased commitment to corporate responsibility by joining the Ethical Trading Initiative. By signing up, Primark, a...

textile factory riots spur ETI into action - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative sent a delegation to Bangladesh last month to try to establish the ‘underlying causes’ of recent violent protests by garment workers there. The protests about...

EC white paper unveils European CSR alliance - news

Plans to create a Europe-wide federation of companies on corporate responsibility have been outlined in the European Commission’s long-awaited second CSR white paper, published at the end of last...

ethical retailers will rely less on auditing supply chains - news

The audit-dominated era of ethical supply chain management has been declared dead by one of the most influential bodies in the field. The Ethical Trading Initiative, a 17-year old alliance of...

inbrief - news

Stuart Bell, former research director for Pensions & Investment Research Consultants, Steve Gibbons, ex-head of employment law at Incomes Data Services, and Alastair Usher, also previously...

retailers 'need patience' - news

Food retailers need to persevere with sourcing from small farmers in developing countries even if the farmers are not complying with ethical guidelines, the Ethical Trading Initiative has said....

inbrief - news

Ethical Trading Initiative chair Alan Roberts has been reappointed to the position for another three years.

gang labour law aids retailers - news

A regulatory body formed by the UK government is expected to allay retailers’ worries about risks to their reputation resulting from the use of unregulated gang labour by suppliers. The...

‘fatigue’ in supply chains needs government tonic - news

The World Bank has become so concerned at the slowing momentum of ethical supply chain monitoring that it is urging governments to become involved. The bank feels many companies’ supply chain...

Turkey to be test-bed for new code approach - news

Garment factories in Turkey are to be used as a test-bed for developing a common approach to implementing different codes on ethical labour practices. The factories will participate in trials this...

event managers bow to changing demands - news

The organizers of two of the world’s largest CSR and SRI conferences have shelved their showcase events, reflecting delegate demands for more specialized gatherings. After holding three annual...

tea body turns over new leaf in China - news

Ethical monitoring of tea estates in China will begin this autumn as part of increased activity by a socially responsible tea body. Members of the Ethical Tea Partnership, among them Gold Crown...

Novartis takes plunge by setting living wage - news

A Swiss multinational has broken new ground by setting ‘living wage’ levels for staff and contract workers at its sites around the world. Novartis, the third-largest pharmaceuticals group, has...

‘Ethics policies must be based on core values’ by Simon Webley - news

From Simon Webley, research director, Institute of Business Ethics A recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply suggested that more than eight out of ten corporate boards...

retailers begin project in China - news

The first phase of a project to improve labour conditions at Chinese factories supplying UK companies will concentrate on health and safety. The China Project, run...

ETI members warned against complacency - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative has expressed concern that a handful of its 36 corporate members have still not brought their company codes of conduct into line with its...

ethical trading squeezed by purchasing practices - news

Companies with ethical supply chain codes have been told that their own purchasing practices are often one of the biggest obstacles to the implementation of their codes...

Tesco attempts to allay fears on ethical trading - news

The UK’s largest food retailer is seeking to dispel fears that it is reducing its commitment to ethical trading. Tesco says concerns that it has scaled down the resources it...

ethical code bodies try to find common ground - news

Ethical trade organizations from around the world have met to discuss ways of developing a ‘common approach’ to implementing their codes of practice. The...

Christian Aid to investigate Littlewoods suppliers - news

A major UK charity is to investigate factories that supply Littlewoods as a direct result of the retail group’s decision to disband its ethical trading team. Christian...

inbrief - news

Yve Newbold , former chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative, has joined the advisory committee that oversees the FTSE4Good index. A separate newly-established committee to...

companies need to manage risk in the good times and the bad - news

When one of the founder members of a club leaves unexpectedly, people are bound to start asking questions. So it is with Littlewoods, whose unheralded announcement that it is...

confident ETI begins to expand its horizons - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative is to expand its membership beyond its traditional base of food and clothing companies as part of wider plans to engage more with the outside...

Littlewoods raises ire of NGOs and unions - news

One of the UK’s leading retailers is to scrap its entire ethical trading department and curtail its corporate social responsibility activity after a takeover....

customers and staff exert the greatest influence - news

Pressure from staff and customers appears to be the most important reason why businesses decide to adopt more socially responsible policies, according to a survey of UK company...

inbrief - news

Eleven CSR specialists have contributed to a book on socially responsible business behaviour. No scruples? managing to be responsible in a turbulent world includes a chapter...

UK rejects compulsory social labels - news

Mandatory social labelling for products has been rejected by the UK government. A ministerial working group set up to study the concept – which would involve...

ETI companies extend reach to more suppliers - news

Member companies of the UK’s Ethical Trading Initiative have significantly increased the percentage of suppliers they monitor for compliance against the...

Alexander in talks on CSR - news

Douglas Alexander, the UK government’s minister for corporate social responsibility, has been meeting senior executives in the private sector to discuss what more he might do...

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Alan Roberts , group business standards director of the retail group Littlewoods, has been appointed chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative. Roberts will step up from ETI vice...

ethical standards ‘are affordable’ - news

The cost of complying with ethical codes of conduct appears to be affordable to most emerging economy companies, according to a UK government-funded study. Figures on...

corporate responsibility and the next UK election - news

The last four years of Labour rule have helped to advance the corporate social responsibility agenda. The involvement of business in regenerating rundown areas is emerging...

inbrief - news

The base code of the Ethical Trading Initiative has been translated into Afrikaans and Xhosa. The code, which lays out principles on labour standards, is now available in seven...

fund seeks child labour talks - news

Four UK high street retailers have been approached by pension fund representatives to discuss their policies on child labour. WH Smith, Signet, Boots, and JJB Sports...

ETI attempts to define a 'living wage' - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has proposed a definition of what it believes should constitute a 'living wage'. The definition is designed to help corporate members of...

inbrief - news

A conference reviewing progress made by the Ethical Trading Initiative over the past two years is to be held on 29 November. 'Getting to work on ethical trading' is to be...

supply chain monitoring proves to be a long haul - news

Pioneering retailers have established that it is possible to audit the social and environmental performance of their suppliers in developing countries, but an industry consensus on...

supply chain consensus a long way off, warns IBE - news

Companies trying to address ethical issues in their supply chains have been warned it may take up to 15 years to reach a consensus on how to carry out efficient monitoring A new...

retail sector leading the way forward in Germany - news

The German retail sector has begun to develop policies on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Seven large German clothing and textile retailers have signed up to...

inbrief - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative hopes to produce a 'monitoring handbook' later this year outlining the lessons it has learned form its various inspection and monitoring...

banana companies agree to ethical trading pilot - news

Three of the world’s largest banana companies have agreed to take part in a pilot project aimed at improving labour standards on their estates in central America. Dole, Chiquita and...

auditors to focus on gender - news

Companies monitoring their supply chains for labour standards must use auditors who are the same gender and race as the workers they are talking to, a forthcoming study will...

retailers fall short on foreign labour codes - news

Two-thirds of UK-listed retailers have yet to adopt any formal code of conduct on overseas labour standards, according to a new survey by the Local Authority Pension Fund...

inbrief - news

UK supermarket chain Safeway and shoe suppliers Lambert Howarth have joined the Ethical Trading Initiative, a coalition of companies and non-governmental organizations that aims...

pressure mounts on clothing retailers - news

High street clothes shops are having to pay increasing attention to regular and thorough monitoring of suppliers, as journalists and campaigners join forces to turn the spotlight on...

Waitrose prepares report on ethical trading - news

The Waitrose supermarket chain is to publish its first ethical trading report early next year. The report, which will outline progress the UK food retailer has made...

inbrief - news

Two of the world's biggest banana companies, Chiquita and Dole, appear to be close to signing a ground breaking agreement on working conditions and trade union recognition....

MPs issue warning to UK business - news

A cross-party UK parliamentary committee has warned businesses they have a duty to use their influence in developing countries to promote social development. In a...

ethical trading idea given the thumbs-up - news

The UK's Ethical Trading Initiative has proved a success so far, according to a progress check prepared by consultants. PricewaterhouseCoopers and Incomes Data Services say...

M&S firms up its child labour guidelines - news

Britain’s best known retailer, Marks & Spencer has warned its suppliers around the world that they risk losing contracts if they employ workers below the age of 15 years....

Marks & Spencer boosts trading initiative - news

Marks & Spencer has joined the Ethical Trading Initiative. Britain’s biggest clothing chain had previously resisted calls to join the government-backed project, a coalition of...

Littlewoods steps up pressure on suppliers - news

Littlewoods is to use ethical criteria to help it decide which clothing suppliers to drop as part of a major rationalisation of its trading partners. The retail and...

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Impactt Conference 2012 - calendar

Finding the Sweet Spot: Smarter ethical trade that delivers more for all An inspired and pragmatic one-day conference focused on making sustainable, worker-led and business-focused changes...

The 3rd annual ethical supply chain summit - calendar

Working toward an ethical – and sustainable - supply chain that makes good business sense The Ethical Supply Chain Summit 2008 is the largest in a long line of ethical procurement and sourcing...

Valuing the Workforce to Improve Performance - bestpractice

Fyffes’ CR policies apply best practices that improve business performance — and support employees. Miranda Ingram reports…    It should be a given by now...

Valuing the Workforce to Improve Performance - bestpractice

It should be a given by now but is nevertheless worth repeating: good corporate social responsibility is win-win. It doesn’t just protect stakeholders but profits the company too, not...

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