How does a major department store with a huge and complex global supply chain successfully embed worker representation across its own brand supply chain? Find out how Debenhams worked with ETI to implement Base Code Clause 2 guidance on freedom of association.
In case you missed it …
Cindy Berman's valedictory reading list … as our esteemed Head of Modern Slavery Strategy departs for pastures new, here are some of the seminal pieces of research Cindy has led, commissioned, overseen and collaborated on in her 6 years with ETI. Best of luck Cindy!
New report on human rights due diligence in Malaysia's manufacturing sector
For organisations working in, sourcing from or monitoring the situation of migrant workers in Malaysia. We identify and rate key risks and issues for workers in relation to labour standards. This report lays the groundwork for ETI’s Access to Remedy Programme, a 2-year programme funded by the UK Home Office and aimed at securing company commitment and accountability on migrant workers’ rights at work.
10% training discount code - book by 31 January
ETI Blog: is working in partnership with unions a more sustainable approach than auditing?
A recent Oxfam report found that collective bargaining had improved working conditions on tropical fruit farms in Northeast Brazil, and reduced the vulnerability of women seasonal workers. Peter Williams , the report's author, asks if partnering with unions and promoting better industrial relations could be a more sustainable approach to ethical trade than audits and enforcement. Read our blog
ETI Blog: why Climate Crisis Day was a small and big step for Rowlinson Knitwear
For the employee community at schoolwear manufacturer Rowlinson Knitwear, something significant happened on 20 September 2019. As the world turned its collective gaze on the climate crisis and thousands of people across the globe went on strike, our modestly-sized business stopped working for one day. Read our blog.
Are you an SME? You could be eligible for up to 80% off ETI training
A new government-funded scheme is offering SMEs up to 80% off ETI training courses and consultancy packages tailored directly to their businesses needs. Companies with a turnover of less than £44m and fewer than 500 staff who either source or are considering sourcing from countries covered by the scheme are likely to be eligible. Further information and details on how to apply here.
Workshops and training - 2020 dates
Essentials of ethical trade
Please note that Essentials training starting on 11 February is fully booked. We are now running another set of workshops in May. Dates below:
- Essentials 1: Introduction to ethical trade, 5 May - Book now
- Essentials 2: Managing risk: audit and beyond, 21 May - Book now
- Essentials 3: New tools of ethical trade, 4 June - Book now
- Essentials 4: Working together, 30 June - Book now
We are considering running a series of courses starting in early Spring, as there has been an increase in demand for this course. If you are interested in attending, please email us.
Seafood Working Group urges Thai Government to protect workers' rights
In the wake of the US government's decision to suspend trade preferences for Thailand due to worker rights' issues, 23 organisations participating in the Seafood Working Group, including ETI, have released a statement urging the Thai government to take the necessary reforms to get the benefits reinstated.
ETI India becomes registered legal entity
We are delighted to announce that ETI India is now a registered legal entity, operating as a not-for-profit company in India. The entity will be known as Ethical Trading Initiative Association (ETI Association). We have been seeking to secure legal status in India for some time, with both ETI India offices and the UK Operations team putting a great deal of lot of effort into making this happen. Louise Joseph, Head of Operations at ETI, comments: "This will give greater autonomy and job security and enable ETI India staff to develop longer-term plans. It has been a lengthy processes and we should celebrate finally achieving legal status".
Job vacancy: Consultant: Tamil Nadu business case study
ETI is seeking a consultant to develop a business case for incentivising human rights and better employment behaviours in Tamil Nadu spinning mills, and to conduct a quantitative analysis and quantify how improved labour standards can reduce absenteeism, reduce worker turnover, improve worker productivity, and improve relationship with buyers. Full terms of reference here. Apply by 28 January.