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The EFF Ethical Policy Framework forms The basis for initial consultation with PROGRESSIVE members. Consultation sessions are run by members of the EFF membership consultation team, made up of experts and practitioners.

The EFF Ethical Policy Framework includes sections on the following:

  • Ethical Focus, Certification and Standards In accordance with the recommendations of established certification and labelling bodies
  • Business Structure and Practices: Company governance and ownership structure and policies with respect to marketing, energy efficiency, staff, and day to day business practices
  • Sourcing and supply chain policies Purchasing practices (in accordance with the Responsible Purchasing Initiative) and policies on the social and environmental aspects of supply chains
  • Factories Information about the ethical policies of factories in supply chains, in accordance with the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) base code
  • Fair trade & community producer organisations & co-operatives Information about producer organisations in supply chains and their ethical standards, in accordance with WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation) standards
  • Culture and Skills Policies and practices in relation to reviving, supporting and adding value through supporting traditional skills
  • Brand, commercial and financial sustainability Market, product quality and commercial sustainability are considered to be integral to the achievement of sustainability goals.

Working with partners and other organisations supporting the Ethical Fashion Sector

There are a number of other organisations which support businesses, organisations, students and fashion professionals in different ways in the arena of ethical fashion. The Ethical Fashion Forum seeks to collaborate with these organisations as much as possible, to pool resources and to maximise achievements on common goals and in the development of EFF membership services.

The Ethical Trading Initiative
The Fairtrade Foundation
The World Fair Trade organisation
The Responsible Purchasing Initiative
Labour Behind the Label: Fashioning an Ethical Industry
Pesticide Action Network UK
Social Compliance Organisations

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is an alliance of companies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and trade union organisations. The ETI exists to promote and improve the implementation of corporate codes of practice which cover supply chain working conditions. ETI’s ultimate goal is to ensure that the working conditions of workers producing for the UK market meet or exceed international labour standards.

The Fairtrade Foundation is the independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards. The Foundation was established in 1992 by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft and the World Development Movement, later joined by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes. The Fairtrade foundation launched a label for fair-trade cotton in 2005, and is working on fair-trade labelling for other products in the fashion sector.

The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) is the global representative body of over 350 organisations committed to 100% Fair Trade. The WFTO is the authentic voice of Fair Trade and a guardian of Fair Trade values.

The WFTO operates in 70 countries across 5 regions; Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North American and the Pacific Rim, with elected global and regional boards, to create market access through policy, advocacy, campaigning, marketing and monitoring. It is the only global network whose members represent the Fair Trade chain from production to sale.

The Responsible Purchasing Initiative explores how it is possible to improve the impact of purchasing activities on the lives of people in developing countries, by looking at the roles of EU businesses, public authorities and consumers.

MADE-BY is an umbrella label used by fashion brands and retailers to show consumers that their clothes are produced in a sustainable manner.

MADE BY develops, together with Solidaridad – an expert in the field of fair trade and the environment – production chains in which a garment can be manufactured in a sustainable manner from start to finish. MADE BY has created supplier networks in India, Peru, North Africa and China as well as in Turkey and Eastern Europe.

The EFF and MADE BY work in partnership to provide as a comprehensive a service as possible to the UK fashion community.

Labour Behind the Label (LBL) supports garment workers’ efforts worldwide to defend their rights. LBL educates consumers, lobbies companies and government, raises awareness, and encourages international solidarity with workers. LBL coordinates the UK platform of the international Clean Clothes Campaign. Labour Behind the Label launched and runs the Fashioning an Ethical Industry project aimed at incorporating teaching and resources on social responsibility into fashion college curricula.

Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) works to eliminate the dangers of toxic pesticides, our exposure to them, and their presence in the environment where we live and work. The PAN UK cotton project targets the use of pesticides on cotton and provides information on organic cotton to the fashion industry

The EFF also seeks to collaborate with social compliance organisations , which monitor the working conditions and wages of factory employees, such as SA 8000, the Fair Labour Association (FLA) and World Responsible Apparel Production (WRAP)

Ethical Policy Framework

The EFF has developed an ethical policy framework tool in consultation with leading ethical sourcing and certification bodies, including the Ethical Trading Initiative, Made By, The International Fair Trade Association, the Fairtrade Foundation, the Responsible Purchasing Initiative and others.

This allows the EFF to work systematically with PROGRESSIVE members towards improved sustainability practices, as well as facilitating the transparent communication of these through a vetted ethical policy document.