ETI Member? Sign In

Homeworker guidelines and information

Photo: Zack Canepari / Panos Pictures

These pages contain a wealth of information and guidance on homeworkers and homeworking, designed to help companies and other interested organisations to improve working conditions of homeworkers in global supply chains.

ETI homeworker guidelines

The ETI homeworker guidelines set out the steps that companies can take to help improve the working conditions of homeworkers in their supply chains. There are two sets of guidelines - one for retailers and brands, and one for suppliers and contractors.

Download a copy of the ETI homeworker guidelines for retailers.
Download a copy of the ETI homeworker guidelines for suppliers.

You can read about how these guidelines were developed here.

Find out about our project to implement these guidelines in India.


Briefings and background information on homeworkers

You can find further information on homeworking and conditions for homeworkers' around the world in these two documents: Homeworkers and homeworking: An introduction and Sources of information on homeworkers and homeworking.

You can download The ILO Convention on Home Work here.

Want to know why retailers and suppliers should be concerned about homeworkers' working conditions? Have a look at the business case for retailers or the business case for suppliers.

To find out how trade unions can help you address homeworkers' conditions, read about the benefits of working with trade unions.


Additional guidance on improving homeworkers' conditions

Download our leaflet for contractors and suppliers which tells contractors about the working conditions homeworkers should expect and actions they can take. (An alternative version for printing double sided then folding into a leaflet can be found here.)

To learn more about how ETI retailer members are identifying homeworkers in their supply chains, read our guidance note on mapping homeworkers.

Find out more about investigating the distribution of value in homeworker supply chains (ETI members only), and about setting piece rates to ensure that homeworkers are paid the minimum wage.

Case studies

To learn more about the approaches and activities that different companies are taking, read our case studies:

Practical tools to address homeworker issues

We have collected examples of policies, documents and management tools to show you how other companies and organisations are addressing homeworkers' conditions.  See examples of the practical tools that companies are using to address homeworker issues.

Published Date: 
9 April 2010