The new coffee harvest in Rwanda

Our income derives from a combination of members' fees, a grant from the Department for International Development (DFID), individual project funding and trading income.

Support from DFID

DFID has provided unrestricted funding to ETI since our inception in 1998. In 2011, DFID agreed to provide us with further core funding of £1.3m between 2011-14.

This funding arrangement not only provides us with vital financial support to help us realise our ambitions, it also acts as a framework for open sharing of views and constructive dialogue on major development issues between DFID and its key not-for-profit partners.

We value the long-term commitment and strategic support that our funding relationship with DFID offers, and the opportunity it gives us to increase our engagement with government on policy issues and develop closer links with DFID regional and country offices.

Members' fees


Companies pay annual fees on a sliding scale.

NGO members

NGO members pay £50 a year, with the exception of Oxfam, Save the Children and Christian Aid, which pay £5,000 a year.

Trade Union Organisations

Trade union organisations do not pay a membership fee. In 2009/10, members' fees accounted for around half our total income.

Other sources of income

We receive an income from selling some of our resources and services, such as our ethical trade training courses. We also receive funding from various international donors for one-off projects.

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Department for International Development (DFID)

There is no doubt that jobs will continue to be a force for good in developing countries, giving working people the chance to be part of the global economy. It is crucial we all keep the spotlight on business practices. I am determined that Britain will continue to play its part in improving the lives of employees in the developing world.

Rt Hon Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development