ANNEX B: Relevant Social Compliance Standards, Standard Organisations

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Ethical Trading Initiative

Consumer goods

The ETI is a ground-breaking alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations. It works in partnership to improve the lives of poor and vulnerable workers across the globe who make or grow consumer goods - everything from tea to T-shirts, from flowers to footballs.


Social Accountability International


SAI is a non-governmental, multi-stakeholder organisation whose mission is to advance the human rights of workers around the world. It partners to advance the human rights of workers and to eliminate sweatshops by promoting ethical working conditions, labour rights, corporate social responsibility and social dialogue.


The Global Social Compliance Programme

Includes environmental sustainability

The GSCP is a business-driven programme for the continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains. It was created by and for global buying companies wanting to work collaboratively on improving the sustainability (social and environmental) of their often-shared supply base. To this end, these companies are working on harmonising existing efforts to deliver a shared, global and sustainable approach based on consensus and best existing practice.


Business Social Compliance Initiative

Strong textile industry focus, but open to other sectors

Owned by the Foreign Trade Association, BSCI unites over 900 companies around one common Code of Conduct and supports their efforts towards building an ethical supply chain by providing them with a step-by-step development-oriented system, applicable to all sectors and all sourcing countries.


Fair Labor Association

Consumer products

The FLA believes that all goods should be produced fairly and ethically, and brings together three key constituencies - universities, civil society organisations (CSOs) and companies - to find sustainable solutions to systemic labor issues


Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production

Strong focus on textile industry

The WRAP Certification Programme is the only independent and globally supported factory certification programme requiring manufacturers to comply with the 12 universally accepted WRAP Production Principles assuring safe and healthy workplace conditions, and respect for workers’ rights.

Useful information on social compliance standards is available from SEDEX. See:


A comparison between ETI, SA8000 and GSCP can be downloaded from:

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