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What Are The Different Types Of Ethical Sourcing?

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Ethical sourcing is a word that is now widely spoken in the global supply chain process. Companies want to ensure they have the correct ethical sourcing methods for their company or brand.

Ethical sourcing encompasses the environment, labor protection, safety standards, and social responsibility in the global supply chain. For a company to say they use ethical sourcing or have an ethical sourcing policy, they need to include environmental and social responsibility as part of their global sourcing supply chain policy.

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Exploring Varieties of Ethical Sourcing Practices

Ethical sourcing has become a key term in the global supply chain management lexicon, reflecting a growing emphasis on responsible business practices. Companies are increasingly committed to ensuring that their sourcing methods align with ethical standards, encompassing considerations like environmental stewardship, labor rights, safety protocols, and broader social responsibilities.

To genuinely claim adherence to ethical sourcing, a company must integrate these environmental and social considerations into its global supply chain policies. This guide delves into the various forms of ethical sourcing, elucidating how they are implemented and their impact on global business practices.”

Ethical Sourcing And The Environment

One of the main ways people look at ethical sourcing is environmental issues. Ethical sourcing looks at protecting the environment throughout the global supply chain.

When you have a factory audit – as we have in our facility outside Hanoi, Vietnam – the auditing company will ask how we will handle the factory waste and protect the environment. Protecting the environment has become essential to ethical sourcing in the supply chain.

Some things that are looked at with the environment and the supply chain for an inspection of the factory to certify Ethical sourcing could include:

  • Wastage and Recycling – How waste is disposed of and handled, and what is your recycling policy? Also, if there is any toxic waste, ensure that it is appropriately handled to not go into the environment and cause environmental issues.
  • Smoke and Other Pollution – A factory audit examines smoke or other pollution. If part of your production process has things sprayed into the air, they would need to ensure it does not contribute to pollution and other environmental issues.
  • Facility Location and Zoning – You need to show that you are in an area that allows for the work you do for your manufacturing. If you are using toxic chemicals or have a lot of waste in an area that does not allow it you can not pass the ethical sourcing audit.

All aspects of the environmental issues should be examined to ensure that you adhere to all the qualifications to be considered ethical sourcing. A factory must ensure sustainable methods and use throughout the supply chain.

Ethical Sourcing And Labor

One of the significant aspects of ethical sourcing, especially in a developed or developing country, is labor. To be considered a company that adheres to Ethical sourcing, you must pay your labor force a living and fair wage.

It does not need to be the highest wage, but it has to be deemed as what is known as a fair or living wage.

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Also, one of the huge issues that many companies look at and what to ensure is not happening is any child or slave labor. The age of child labor can differ from country to country. In the United States, children are not allowed to work until 16, but a person is usually considered an adult at age 18.

In Vietnam, the Labor Code states that a child under 15 years old should not work in Vietnam. But even when the labor code says an age as low as 15, most companies will not hire anyone under 18.

One notable industry struck by child labor is the cocoa or chocolate industry. Child labor has been found on cocoa farms in Cameroon, Guinea, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. The cocoa companies are now cautious to ensure their cocoa is produced without child labor.

Ethical Sourcing And Protection Of Animals


Ethical sourcing and the protection of animals is another area that is looked at for the supply chain. An example of a trade that had to deal with this early on is the trade of Ivory.

In 1989, the Ivory trade was banned due to elephants’ rampant hunting and poachers just for their ivory tusks. Since then, ivory has been banned from all international trade; it is now impossible to find any ivory.

The ban on Ivory was very successful and showed us what Ethical sourcing could do when agreed upon by the world. Almost immediately, the poaching and killing of elephants stopped as there was no longer a viable market for the ivory elephant tusks.

Ethical Sourcing And Safety

Another aspect of ethical sourcing is safety. Safety can include many different things for a manufacturing facility, such as having access to first aid kits and medical attention. Also, proper fire hazard and fire safety measures are in place.

Anything to do with the welfare and safety of the workers is looked at for ethical sourcing. For a company to say it believes and adheres to ethical sourcing, it needs to show that it believes in and adheres to the safety of its workers.

In 2012, there was a significant fire at a Bangladesh Garment factory where over 115 factory workers were killed and hundreds injured. The fire resulted from overcrowded conditions in a factory with no apparent fire or safety measures.

At the time, many of the factories in Bangladesh would disregard safety measures. Activists said that brands such as IKEA, Tommy Hilfiger, Gap, and Walmart should take responsibility for the working conditions in Bangladesh’s many garment factories.

The activists reasoned that if they did not purchase from these factories or were willing to pay more for the clothing, the factory could have had better working conditions and fire safety measures. This shows that many consider the companies and brands that are part of the global supply chain responsible for what happens in the supply chain.

Ethical Sourcing And Social Responsibility

Another aspect of ethical sourcing is social responsibility. Social responsibility is a broad term to show that a company, brand, or corporation cares.

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A brand, company, or corporation can show they care and are socially responsible by helping their communities. The companies can have anything from having a program to educate children or giving back to clean the environment. Any program that shows a company believes in ethical sourcing and takes its social responsibility seriously.

Consumers want companies to have transparency in their supply chain, and they want to purchase from and buy from companies, brands, and corporations that they feel as socially responsible.

To learn more about this survey and Ethical sourcing, you can read our blog ”Ethical Sourcing And Why It Is Important” by clicking here.

One of the significant findings in the survey is that consumers want and expect companies to have more transparency to show that the products they are purchasing are ethically sourced.

At Mondoro, we believe in helping the community in which we live. That is why Mondoro actively supports Project Sprouts, a grassroots organization whose focus is to help pre-school and elementary-aged children. Click here to find out more about how you can help support Project Sprout.

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Social Environmental Responsibility Fights Social Challenges

What is apparent to me and many others is that how an individual, company, or brand looks at their social environmental responsibility matters in today’s world. Companies today need to balance their needs for profits with the ecosystem, poverty, environment, and climate change.

You can discover more by reading Social Environmental Responsibility Fights Social Challenges by clicking here.

Ethical Sourcing And Why It Is Important

Ethical sourcing is about a company, brand, corporation, or individual ensuring that their products are obtained through a sustainable and responsible method. A recent Open Text Survey showed that 83% of consumers globally consider ethical sourcing an essential aspect of their buying decisions.

You can discover more by reading Ethical Sourcing And Why It Is Important by clicking here.

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