What does the Ethical Supply Chain Program cover?

Ethical Supply Chain Program Certification requires factories to uphold the following standards to support the rights and well-being of factory workers:

Audit Process

Factories are transparent, auditors given full access to premises; able to conduct worker interviews without interference

Business Ethics

No attempts to improperly influence the process or the outcome of audits

Disciplinary Practices

Employees are treated with dignity and respect at all times


No discrimination in recruitment, workplace or dismissal

Employee Representation

Rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining are recognized and respected

Employment Practices

Compliance with applicable employment regulation and requirements, labor contracts provided to all workers

Environment and Chemical safety

Compliance with environmental regulations, training to ensure chemicals are handled safely

Modern Day Slavery

No forced, involuntary or prison labor, no recruitment fees, all overtime is voluntary


Workplace conditions are safe, employee health is safeguarded, protective equipment provided and utilized, effective emergency procedures

Underage Labor

No child labor, enhanced protections for young workers


Legal, fair, and accurate pay received without delay

Working Hours

Hours are not excessive, adequate rest breaks provided

Ethical Supply Chain Program Audit Checklist

The Ethical Supply Chain Program Audit Checklist sets out detailed requirements which factories must meet in order to become Certified in our program.

The Audit Checklist forms the backbone of the program, focussing on safe work environments, ensuring that workers are treated fairly with respect and dignity and that factories operate ethically. The Audit Checklist draws on conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and other initiatives to promote fair labor practices.    

The Ethical Supply Chain Program Audit Checklist was originally based on the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) Code of Business Practices but has since evolved to incorporate other ethical issues and best practices.

Go to Ethical Supply Chain Program Audit Checklist