FTA Sustainability

Name of Organization Behind

Foreign Trade Association (FTA)

Year of Launch

BSCI: 2003 – Version 2.0 in 2015 / BEPI: 2014


Chemicals, Basic Resources, Industrial Good & Services, Food & Beverage, Personal & Household Goods, Retail, Technology, General



Sub Categories

Women and Gender Equality, Children's Rights, Indigenous Peoples, Human Trafficking, Child Labour, Forced Labour, Migrant Workers, Climate Change, Water Sustainability, Energy, Biodiversity, Sustainable Agriculture

Issues Addressed

Human Rights, Labour, Environment, Anti-Corruption, General


FTA Sustainability embodies the joint operations of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI). Under these two initiatives, FTA is able to support its members on their journey towards improving working conditions and environmental performance in global supply chains.

FTA Sustainability aims to meet the individual needs of its members through a targeted approach that acts on their specific impacts. The organizational values and objectives are centered around continuous improvement, cooperation and empowerment based on principles found in the United Nations' Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Sustainable Development Goals and key ILO Conventions.


Comprising of both a Social System (BSCI) and an Environmental System (BEPI), FTA Sustainability positively affects the working conditions of people in 41,000 farms and factories worldwide annually and is backed by 13 years' experience in sustainable supply chain management.

Operating under integrated databases, BSCI and BEPI offer improvement and monitoring tools, an international network of recognized service providers and all key sustainability data in one place to better track supply chain performance. Through these integrated services, FTA Sustainability supports its members to improve social and environmental compliance in global supply chains by providing them with the tools and expertise to work towards continuous improvement.

For both initiatives FTA Sustainability offers a range of services for its members to proactively practice responsible business values as well as identify, address and remedy actual and potential social and environmental impacts with integrity throughout their global supply chains:

  • A network of quality-assured and trusted auditors
  • Cutting-edge, industry- and issue-specific programmes
  • Workshops and training sessions
  • A large network of satellite offices giving members local expertise, support and producer training
  • The FTA Sustainability Dashboard, a single access point for all supply chain-related data. Helping to reduce audit costs and increase management efficiency
  • The FTA Academy – a multi-lingual online hub for all our learning activities, offering online courses, face-to-face sessions and much more in the name of empowering members and their producers
  • An upgraded Country Risk Assessment Guide and Risk Visualization tool for companies to effectively conduct due diligence by January 2017
  • Engagement with key stakeholders in member and sourcing countries