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ETI Base Code

Why we commit to the ETI Base Code?

  • Employment is freely chosen - Slavery and bonded labour are totally unacceptable. Almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour.
  • Child labour shall not be used - 168 million children work to support their families, missing out on education and often damaging their health. This reinforces the cycle of poverty.
  • No discrimination is practised - Women and certain minorities are often confined to the lowest-paid jobs with no access to training or promotion.
  • Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected - Tens of thousands of workers lose their jobs every year for attempting to form or join a trade union or improve working conditions. Some even lose their lives.
  • Living wages are paid - Roughly half the world’s population still lives on two dollars a day. If people can’t feed their families on an adult’s wage, they may send their children to work.
  • Regular employment is provided - Most workers can be laid off when it suits the employer. This fuels poverty and insecurity and drives down wages.
  • Working conditions are safe and hygienic - Working conditions are safe and hygienic An estimated 2.3 million people die every year from work-related accidents and diseases.
  • Working hours are not excessive - Long working hours are the norm for most of the world’s workers. This damages people’s health and undermines family life.
  • No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed - Few workers have protection against physical, verbal or sexual abuse in the workplace. Few workers have protection against physical, verbal or sexual abuse in the workplace.

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