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Ethical Production Standards

It is important that our sellers value our 7 Core Principles of Ethical Production:

1. Opportunity: Market Access and Economic Integration: The Etho provides marginalized communities with access to the global market. The sale of Fair Trade and ethically produced products gives stakeholders the profit and resources needed to lift themselves out of poverty.

2. Transparency: We require transparency in the social and environmental aspects of our sellers' production.

3. Non-exploitative Trade Relationships and Wages: Every individual in the supply chain is treated with respect and ensured a wage at or above local standards.

4. Labor Conditions & Restrictions: The Etho prohibits the use of child labor, forced labor, or unsafe working conditions in the production facilities used by any of our sellers.

5. Women's Economic Empowerment & Freedom of Association: We value female-operated enterprises that support women's economic empowerment, gender equality, and community building.

6. Skill-set Building & Opportunity Infrastructure: Our partners do more than offer employment. They give valuable assets to workers through training and education.

7. Environmental Sustainability: Production practices should have a minimal or offset impact on the environment.

The Etho Ethical Principles

The Etho's ethical production principle

1. Oportunity: Market Access & Economic Integration
The Etho's Standards:
Recommendations for sellers:

Sales should provide fair income for stakeholders and provide resources to avoid or overcome poverty and plan for a sustainable future.

The business relationship with suppliers/producers must be based on respect, openness and negotiation, keeping in mind the aim to poverty reduction and support to marginal producers.

The Etho Ethical Principles
2. Transparency
The Etho's Standards:
Recommendations for sellers:

Our sellers provide us with information on their supply chain and production practices.

Sellers should visit the producers in their supply chain to discuss social and environmental practices with management.

The Etho Ethical Principles
3. Non-exploitative Trade Relationships & Wages
The Etho's Standards:
Recommendations for sellers:

Sellers should be aware of regional minimum wages and their adequacy to cover local living costs. Sellers and workers should negotiate benefits and fair payment at or above the local minimum wage.

Sellers should work on a time-bound plan to pay a living wage to all employees by utilizing resources provided by the World Fair Trade Organization and Global Living Wage Coalition.

The Etho Ethical Principles
4. Labor Conditions & Restrictions
The Etho's Standards:
Recommendations for sellers:

Sellers must provide a safe environment and fair compensation for workers. We prohibit child and forced labor in factorues of our sellers or seller's partners.

Can be best verified by visiting the production units in supply chain, interviewing the workers, and building lon relationships, based on trust, with them.

The Etho Ethical Principles
5. Women's Economic Empowerment & Freedom of Association
The Etho's Standards:
Recommendations for sellers:

Workers shall not face gender-based discrimination in the workplace, and have the right to join labor unions or workers' committees.

Can be best verified by visiting the production units in supply chain, interviewing the workers, and building lon relationships, based on trust, with them.

The Etho Ethical Principles
6. Skill-set Building & Opportunity Infrastruction
The Etho's Standards:
Recommendations for sellers:

Sellers and producers should provide proper skill-training to employees.

Sellers should make intentional efforts to upgrade workers' skills and capacities for upward mobility.

The Etho Ethical Principles
7. Environmental Sustainability
The Etho's Standards:
Recommendations for sellers:

Production practices and inputs--such as chemicals, dyes, and waste waters--should have as low of an impact on the environment as possible.

Sellers should take responsibility for origin of raw materials and shift to organic and eco-friendly inputs.

The Etho Ethical Principles