Ethical Trade and Responsible Sourcing Global (Version 2 out now)

The Ethical Trade and Responsible Sourcing Standard is a full social compliance standard. Sites can provide assurance and greater supply chain due diligence to regulators and brands that they are fulfilling their legal and moral obligations towards their workers.

The Standard is designed to allow an assessment of a company's premises, operational systems and procedures by a competent third party – the certification body – against the requirements of the Standard and in accordance with global best practice for social/ethical audits.

It is applicable for sites where manufacturing and secondary processing/packing take place. It is also applicable to the provision of services associated with audited sites; for example, the provision of labour. The Standard can be delivered as a 'stand-alone' audit or alongside another BRCGS Standard. This can streamline the audit process.

How can it help you?

  • Demonstrate that you meet the growing ethical requirements of your customers and buyers
  • Accelerate your response to be able to meet the needs of your customers and the conscious consumer
  • Improve transparency while protecting your brand, investors and bottom line


The certification and grading process

The Standard is a process and a management system certification scheme. In this scheme, upon completion of a satisfactory audit, an auditor can award a site either a certificate with a grade A (subject to the satisfactory outcome of a second surveillance audit) or a non-certificated grade of B–D. The auditor is employed by an independent third party (the certification body) which, in turn, would have been assessed and judged as competent by the BRCGS Compliance team.

For a site to receive a valid certificate or grade on completion of a satisfactory audit, it must select a BRCGS-approved certification body. BRCGS lays down detailed requirements a certification body must satisfy to gain approval, and operates a comprehensive compliance program to ensure that high standards are maintained.

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