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What we expect

Ethical sourcing

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What we expect

For organisations with 51+ employees:

If the answer to the above questions is no, the question is followed up by:

  • Do you commit going forwards to do so?

For organisations with less than 50 employees (streamlined version):

  • Do you commit to ethical sourcing of anything you purchase – such as by applying standards set out in the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code where relevant?

Evidence base – why is the Ethical Sourcing component needed?

Key Principles with small organisations in mind

Understanding how to be a responsible organisation in your supply chain can feel like a daunting task for small organisations, particularly for those with few resources to take on a new project.

To see key principles for smaller organisations, and resources on modern slavery, supplier codes of conduct and more, see our Ethical Sourcing Resource Library page.

What does ethically sourced mean? | Sedex
Sedex define ethical sourcing and provide free resources and events, as well as a consultancy service. See their key trends in responsible sourcing webinar and their supplier questionnaire. 

ETI Base Code | Ethical Trading Initiative
Explore the CIPD’s research on health and well-being at work, with employee views and case studies. 

The Global Slavery Index | Walk Free Foundation
The Walk Free Foundation measures the extent and risk of modern slavery and the effectiveness of our global efforts to end it.

To see resources on how to commit to our components, see our Resource Library here:

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