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Ethical Trading Initiative

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is an alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations working in partnership to improve the working lives of people across the globe who make or grow consumer goods.

Established in 1998 with the backing of the Department for International Development (DFID), ETI now has over 70 member companies with a combined turnover of over £107 bn. Trade union members represent nearly 160 million workers around the world in every country where free trade unions can operate. NGO members range from large international development charities such as Oxfam and CAFOD, to specialised labour rights organisations such as Anti-Slavery International.

In 2010, ETI member companies’ ethical trade activities covered over 9.8 million workers around the world. They requested that their suppliers take over 133,000 separate actions to improve workers’ conditions.