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Exhibitors are required to incorporate minimum labour standards in business, production and sourcing practices (relating to working hours, living wage, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, use of contract labour, child labour, forced labour, discrimination, harassment, health & safety – as referenced in national and international law, and for example by the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code.


Exhibitors to provide evidence of the added value their production processes offer to worker communities and to the environment.

This is relevant for all forms of supplier, from the largest factories to small scale and artisanal production, for example:

  • Schemes for worker engagement with decision making
  • Programmes of worker training and capacity building
  • Programmes of support for local communities including housing, facilities, education and healthcare
  • Not for profit initiatives or schemes with a portion of profits dedicated to adding value in social and environmental terms
  • Working to fair trade criteria as defined by WFTO and FLO
  • Supporting the development of local value chains which strengthen local and national economies
  • Building on traditional and cultural skills
  • Supporting and creating opportunities for vulnerable groups


Exhibitors are required to have an environmental policy in place for production, sourcing, and business practices. This should include reference to energy use and waste, recycling, water and chemical use.

Suppliers of fabrics and components are required to work in accordance with at least one of the criteria listed below, and to provide evidence of this:

  • Organic sourcing
  • Recycling
  • Sustainable sourcing ( eg eco fabrics, or materials which safeguard indigenous forests such as bark cloth)
  • Social impact (see section 2 above)

Factories and production units should have an environmental policy and for eco factories, details to be made available of the measures taken to secure eco-factory status, including policies on waste, recycling, water and energy use and effluent.


Exhibitors should provide evidence of progressive practices towards sustainability. There may be good reasons why a certain standard or certification has not been attained – these should be communicated along with the company’s strategy towards continually improved social and environmental standards.


Exhibitors are expected to conduct their business in an honest and transparent manner, ensuring that accurate information is available to visitors with regards to social and environmental standards. If certain standards / certification are not yet held, the reasons should be clearly stated and qualified.


Exhibitors to commit to working to the highest quality standards in both supply and manufacture.

This Mandate sets out minimum standards and requirements of exhibitors at the Ethical Fashion SOURCE Expo.
A questionnaire Supplier Directory Form will be sent to each exhibitor to be completed and returned to ensure they reach these standards.

Not sure whether you qualify/ need more info? Email us The Ethical Fashion Forum aims to be inclusive, not exclusive, and we would like to work with you.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have paid to register to exhibit and the EFF team deems from your application information that you do not meet the exhibitor mandate, you will be fully refunded.

Exhibitor Mandate

This Mandate sets out minimum standards and requirements of the SOURCE Expo exhibitors.

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