Foundation stage membership is designed for companies that are new ETI members. During this stage, ETI provides members with structured support and direction as they establish the core elements of a credible ethical trading programme. We use our annual reporting mechanism to assess whether Foundation stage members have the right building blocks in place to become full ETI members. However, Foundation stage members have the same rights and obligations as full ETI members. They are expected to engage in member meetings, events and roundtables and encouraged to participate in ETI’s supply chain programmes.