Norwegian People's Aid has been a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative Norway (ETI) since 2002, and we continue our efforts to be a socially responsible organization by focusing on the ethical guidelines we are committed to follow up on. We do this by raising awareness among own employees, by focusing on labor and environmental conditions in our procurement processes, and by keeping focus on ethical trading standards in our work both nationally and internationally.
With a decentralized function for purchasing spread over many countries there are still challenges in the mapping of our supply chain. An important goal for us is to create discussion with our suppliers regarding ethical issues and what we can mutually contribute to achieve of lasting improvements in the supply chain.
The emphasis on following ethical standards must be secured both internally, at all levels of the organization, and in our dealings with suppliers. In this way Norwegian People's Aid will contribute to a more sustainable development. We also want to contribute to an enhanced understanding of, and support for, ethical trade through creating awareness of the guidelines as laid down by i.e. UN, ILO and OECD. We do this by focusing on ethical trade in both internal and external forums, communicating with suppliers and continuously assess the risk of failure in areas of procurement or contracting where there may be a likelihood of ethical or environmental challenges.
As a humanitarian organization we must be clear on our ethical requirements and provide incentives in our supply chain for improvements. Our work is based on ETI standards, and our membership in ETI commits us to report annually on our work on ethical trade.