Guide to Buying Responsibly


Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

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Website - PDF

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Issues Addressed

Human Rights, Labour, General


This reference guide is for senior managers responsible for purchasing, individual buyers and their teams and all teams with a connection to procurement. It is intended as a toolkit of practical ideas and step-by-step actions for achieving best practice, supported by the survey findings, expert insights and case studies. While it focuses predominantly on manufacturing supply chains, it also shares many practices that are applicable for all sectors. Overall, ETI aims to help these professionals strive for a ‘win-win’ partnership with suppliers that supports workers’ rights.


The first section is designed to help senior management and purchasing managers develop the business case for change and lay the foundations for responsible purchasing practices and sourcing strategies by strengthening sourcing strategies and human rights policies.

In the second section, senior managers and buyers at all levels will find key information on catalysing the broader organisational and behavioural change required, defining roles and responsibilities, understanding the impact of current practices and incentivising good practice.

The third section is aimed primarily at buyers, and is intended as a practical, modular guide to specific purchasing practices.

Finally, ETI has included a comprehensive list of recommended resources and tools.