Ethical

Trading 

Break the culture of silence around modern slavery in supply chains.

 

We have identified the necessity for a different approach to dealing with issues of modern slavery and human rights abuses in order to uncover hidden workplace practices and overcome them in a proactive and sustainable manner. 

Business continuity and resilience are two sides of the same coin. Supply chain webs that collaborate to share information and horizon scan together to anticipate what and where challenges may arise and are proactive in dealing with that information are more likely to be resilient to crises.

 

Where incidents occur, collaborative supply chain webs that learn through their shared experiences and learnings are most likely to see continuous improvements in their organisations ability to deal with the risk of modern slavery challenges.  

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Together with our partners Safe Space Collaboration we offer a consulting and training in ethical trading. We help companies to implement and know, with as much certainty as possible, the human rights issues in their businesses and supply chains that can protect their brand reputation and improve the working conditions of all the people who make, grow or supply the products they sell. 

We help protect your:

  • Brand or business image or personal reputations

  • Investor relations

  • Local/international trading relationships

  • Innocent, vulnerable, individuals in your business or supply chain

We Identify and Address

  • Hidden practices and human rights issues

  • Labour standards all your stakeholders can comply with

  • Full labour/business costs of not doing anything

  • Handle supplier issues to ensure commitment to due diligence

Millions of people around the world endure inadequate, sometimes shocking, conditions at work. Ethical trading is the assumption of responsibility by businesses to improve the working condition and address exploitation of disadvantaged people in their supply chains.

 

Our approach to ethical trading is founded on the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code that is based on the code of labour practice of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.

 

For us, ethical trade is about delivering business practices that protect workers’ rights in global supply chains. This means that all businesses (retailers, growers, brands and their suppliers) take responsibility for improving the working conditions of the people who make the products they sell. 

 

Global companies sell products sourced in developing countries where laws designed to protect workers' rights are inadequate or not enforced. Companies with a commitment to ethical trade adopt a code of labour practice that they expect all their suppliers to work towards. Such codes address issues like wages, hours of work, health and safety and the right to join free trade unions. 'Doing' ethical trade is much harder than it sounds. Modern supply chains are vast, complex and span the globe. Labour issues are themselves challenging. For example, what exactly is ‘a living wage'? What should a company do if it finds children working in a supplier's worksite?  

Our Mission

We enable our clients to implement an in-house Ethical Trading Code of Practice that helps to proactively manage existing supply chain relationships and prevent ethical trading issues more effectively by ensuring you have sufficient information to know you have a problem.

 

This way, our clients can better manage their business (and personal) and supply chain reputations, on a scale and speed, they might not be able to achieve on their own.

Our Ethical Trading Services 

  • Support the design and implementation of in-house Ethical Trading Code of Practice

  • Align all stakeholders’ processes, procedures, systems, Key Performance Indicators and training with your Ethical Trading Code of Practice

  • Instil the behavioural and process changes for sustained ethical improvement

  • Provide advice on improving your current Ethical Trading objectives

  • Implement solutions to guarantee Ethical Trading audit results

  • Agree action plans (and follow-up) to align your supply chain businesses with your Ethical Trading priorities and needs

  • Detect hidden practices or issues not addressed or audited

  • Create an ‘ethical consortium’ or collaborative group of your suppliers to proactively manage identified risks to enhance your brand’s and your personal reputation

  • Provide training to know how to identify and prevent labour exploitation 

Our Training

Senior Team

  • Designing and implementing an Ethical Trading Code of Practice

  • Meeting UK Modern Slavery Act (2015) requirements and reporting obligations

  • Aligning Ethical Trading with business strategy

  • Being preventative and gathering information to know you have an ethical problem

  • Risk management

  • Media training

Management

  • Implementing an Ethical Trading Code of Practice

  • Meeting UK Modern Slavery Act (2015) requirements and reporting obligations

  • Being preventative and gathering information to know you have an ethical problem

  • What to do if exploitation is identified

  • Media training

Front Line Staff

  • Meeting UK Modern Slavery Act (2015) requirements and reporting obligations

  • Being preventative and spotting signs something is wrong

  • What to do if exploitation is identified

  • Media training

Buying Ethically

  • Putting ethical trade at the heart of buying

  • Supply chain ethical issues and risks

  • Really understanding your supply chain

  • Developing a risk based approach to managing ethical trade

  • Integrate ethical trade and ethical purchasing into buying

Workers Voice in your Supply Chain

  • Importance of worker voice and representation in your supply chain

  • International labour standards

  • Common supply chain risks and challenges

  • Be prepared with an approach to advance freedom of association and collective bargaining

Crisis Media Training

  • Questions to ask before agreeing to be interviewed

  • How journalists think and what they look for

  • How to make journalists interested in what you are saying

  • Anticipate and preparing the most difficult questions

  • Body language on TV

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