ETI (Ethical Business Initiative)


The concept of ethical commerce, wholesale or retail companies, brands and their suppliers sell products and people; It refers to taking the responsibility to improve working conditions. It is based on basic concepts such as treating workers fairly, respecting and valuing them. Its vision is to ensure that all workers work in an environment that is free from exploitation and discrimination and with conditions of freedom, security and equality. The Association also provides an awareness for joint action among companies, suppliers, trade s, NGOs and governments to find effective and sustainable solutions to worker problems. It builds partnerships in key countries and internationally, providing resources to address issues that affect not only individual workplaces, but all countries and industries.

Supplier firms around the world employ the majority of workers by poor countries where laws designed to protect workers´ rights are inadequate. Because many of the big brands produce their products by workers in poor countries where laws designed to protect workers´ rights are inadequate or not enforced. The Ethical Business Initiative (ETI) is a leading alliance of companies, s and non-governmental organizations to promote respect for workers´ rights around the world.

Companies with an ethical business commitment require all suppliers to do so while enforcing the laws governing workers´ rights and work. Such laws address issues such as wages, working hours, health and safety, and the right to join free trade s. While commercial activities are taking place in many sectors around the world, the concept of ethical trade is much more difficult than it seems. Because modern supply chains are very large and complex. In such a field, it is difficult for firms and relevant authorities to deal with worker issues in a wide scope. ETI, which was established and carried out in this context, aims to find answers to many problems that institutions, s or voluntary organizations have difficulty handling alone and to produce sustainable solutions.

In summary, the ETI Basic Labor Law consists of the following rules:

* Workers are free to work; No form of forced labor is acceptable.
* Workers have the right to organize themselves and join the .
* Working conditions should be safe and hygienic.
Child labor is never acceptable.
* Workers´ wages should be determined in an amount that will allow them to live a comfortable life.
* Working hours should never be kept longer than necessary.
* Any kind of discrimination that can be made within the company regarding religion, language, race, age, gender, etc. should be prevented.
* Regular employment should be provided.
* Physical abuse, disciplinary punishment, threats, or harsh and inhumane treatment, either verbally or in writing, against workers is never acceptable.

Ethics and Reputation in Entrepreneurship

As in all human affairs, moral perspectives are discussed in commerce. Ethical Trade, which is a socially and ecologically acceptable model, can be shown as an example of this situation. With Ethical Trade, all commercial stages, from the producer to the consumer, are evaluated from a moral point of view. Undoubtedly, in modern trade management, successful measures are taken and strategic marketing techniques are used to identify market participants and to be effective in their decisions.

ETI Turkey

Turkey realizes the platform of the Union meeting in Turkey with certain periods. ETI Platform Turkey held in Istanbul on March 27, 2018 is the most recent shared a summary report on the annual event. One day, while officials from events ETI headquarters and country offices, textile and apparel brands, suppliers, employers and producer associations, the International Labor Organization (ILO) Turkey Office, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Turkey Office, United Business Turkey Project, Turkey Business Association ( ISKUR) and some NGOs participate. Each official of the institution takes the floor at the meeting and expresses their opinions and suggestions. Thus, for a better working environment and conditions, evaluations are taken from the eyes of both workers and employers, as well as other s and voluntary organizations.

ETI Platform Job Description

ETI enables workers to help themselves. It can help create space for workers to negotiate with management through s. In this context, ETI supports initiatives that raise awareness about workers´ rights in various countries around the world. By joining ETI, a company acknowledges these problems and makes a commitment to deal with them. For this reason, member companies have to prepare a report on their work every two years. In this context, the association enables them to increase their ethical trade performance over time and follows their work. A strict disciplinary procedure is applied for companies that cannot show sufficient progress or do not fulfill their membership obligations.

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