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The BRCGS Ethical Trade and Responsible Sourcing (ETRS) course is a two-day seminar that provides training for manufacturers, secondary processing and packaging sites, as well as service providers. This training provides in-depth understanding and guidance to implement key principles and requirements of the BRCGS ETRS Standard. This standard provides a framework for evaluating an organization’s management system capability and capacity to deliver against the principles of ethical trade and responsible sourcing.

As a BRCGS Approved Training Provider (ATP) and five-star rated BRCGS certification body, our trainers are highly qualified and aligned with the BRCGS training philosophy.

Following completion of this training, you will be equipped to:

  • Understand the background, benefits, key principles, and requirements of the ETRS Standard
  • Apply the audit approach and methodology and explain the key differences between this and an audit against a different standard
  • Outline the details of the audit and certification program
  • Determine and plan an audit scope
  • Understand why audits are necessary and how to address nonconformities and corrective actions
  • Effectively report issues and use BRCGS resources
  • Understand the BRCGS compliance program


Day 1
9:00 a.m.
Welcome & Introduction
9:30 a.m.
Setting the Scene: Social Accountability in a Global Context
10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
Introduction to the ETRS program
11:30 a.m.
Principle 1: Senior management commitment and continual improvement
12:15 p.m.
Principle 2: ETRS management system
1 p.m.
2 p.m.
Principle 3: Labor standards
3:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Labor standards (cont.)
6:00 p.m.
Close of Day 1
Day 2
8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
Labor standards (cont.)
10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
Principle 5: Respect for human rights
1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
Principle 5: Respect for Human Rights (cont.)
2:30 p.m.
Principle 6: Corporate Governance
3:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
Audit Protocol
5:00 p.m.
Course Exam
6:00 p.m.
Course Close


Participants who successfully complete this course will also receive a printable BRCGS certificate.

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