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BRCGS Ethical Trade and Responsible Sourcing

Deliver Against Ethical and
Responsible Principles

Connect with the growing market of conscientious consumers. Beyond safety and quality, more consumers are choosing products that can prove where they came from and how workers were treated.

The BRCGS Ethical Trade and Responsible Sourcing Standard was developed to enable suppliers to demonstrate that the goods and/or services that they sell are produced ethically. It provides an organization with the framework to build their own management system that helps them to deliver against the principles of ethical trade and responsible sourcing.

There are two service options available – a Risk Assessment module which can be conducted at the same time as any other audit or standalone and the Certification Audit.

  • The Standard outlines criteria required for a site to fulfil legal and moral obligations towards workers, ensuring their premises, facilities are safe and do not harm workers health, while protecting their employment and human rights.
  • The Standard applies to sites where manufacturing and secondary processing/packing takes place, as well as storage and distribution or agents and broker facilities.
  • It is also applicable to the provision of associated services such as the provision of labour through third parties, or subcontracted services such as cleaning or pest control.

Once certified, sites would need to pass an annual surveillance audit to monitor ongoing conformity and go through a recertification audit every three years to reconfirm their certificate.

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