Useful links

CSR consultancies and networks

Charities and NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations)

Initiatives and standards

Academic courses

CSR consultancies and networks

AccountAbility is a leading global organisation providing innovative solutions to the most critical challenges in corporate responsibility and sustainable development.

Better Work
Better Work is a partnership of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) aimed at improving working conditions and promoting competitiveness in global supply chains with a focus on the garment sector.

Business for Social Responsibility
Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) provides socially responsible business solutions to many of the world’s leading corporations.

Business in the Community
A business-led charity which advises, supports and challenges its members to create a sustainable future for people and the planet and to improve business performance.

Crown Associates
Crown Associates is an independent UK registered company with a wide experience of particularly Chinese – Western cross cultural trading, recruitment and production activity. The company, which has an office base in China, offers an advice and auditing service at production source sites to any party in the supply chain.

Impactt Ltd
Impactt has been working in ethical trade for 13 years, enabling companies to improve working conditions in their supply chains in a way that brings clear business benefits to both ends of the chain. Impactt’s approach is change-focused, innovative and practical.

ELEVATE was formed in April 2013 with the merger of Level Works and INFACT Global Partners. ELEVATE works with 20 percent of the Fortune 100 and has conducted audits for nearly 4,000 factories, capacity building engagements for over 300 factories and training for 10,000 CSR professionals.

The Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability is the UK’s first professional body for everyone working in corporate responsibility and sustainability. The Institute if a not for profit organisation set up by corporate responsibility and sustainability professionals, run by a volunteer board and supported by a full time secretariat.

Maplecroft is a leading source of global risks analysis delivering critical insights into complex political, socio-economic, human rights and environmental risks affecting supply chains, operations and investments worldwide.

National Retail Federation
As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF’s global membership includes retailers of all sizes, formats and channels of distribution. The aim of the NRF is to advance the interests of the retail industry through advocacy, communications and education.

SustainAbility advises clients on the risks and opportunities associated with corporate responsibility and sustainable development, and seeks solutions to social and environmental challenges that deliver long term value.


Charities and NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations)

The Clean Clothes Campaign
The CCC is dedicated to improving working conditions and supporting the empowerment of workers in the global garment and sportswear industries.

Compassion in World Farming
Compassion is recognised as the leading international farm animal welfare charity. Compassion campaigns peacefully and works strategically towards a whole food system that is kind to animals; cares for the environment and consumer health; and is honestly labelled. Through its Food Business programme, Compassion engages with leading food companies globally inspiring progress through prestigious awards and supporting products and initiatives which represent tangible benefits for farm animals.

Future 500
Future 500, a non-profit based in San Francisco, CA USA with affiliate offices in Japan and China, builds bridges between the worlds leading brands and most impassioned stakeholder advocates to advance systemic solutions to our most pressing sustainability challenges. Future 500 leverages its extensive and growing global network of multi-sector stakeholder opinion leaders to bring together strategically-selected companies, NGOs, funders, and other decision makers to overcome mutual distrust and find common ground.

Global Action Plan
Global Action Plan is an award-winning environmental charity providing the UK’s only environmental behaviour change projects endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Since 1993, Gloabl Action Plan has helped over 750,000 people make practical changes that create environmental savings in businesses of all sizes, as well as communities, schools and with young people.

International Labour Organization (ILO)
ILO is the international organisation responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards.

The ILO also hosts Natlex – a database of national labour, social security and related human rights legislation maintained by the ILO’s International Labour Standards Department


Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair campaign presses decision-makers and governments for new trade rules – fair rules to make a real and positive difference in the fight against poverty.

Social Accountability International
SAI is a non-governmental organisation whose mission is to advance the human rights of workers and eliminate sweatshops. SAI’s standard for decent work (SA8000) is designed to ensure compliance with the highest ethical sourcing standards.

Traidcraft fights poverty through trade, helping people in developing countries to transform their lives.

Transparency International
Transparency International is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. TI raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop effective measures to tackle it.

United Nations Global Compact
The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

Catalogues more than 100 resources, tools and good practice examples to assist companies in developing more sustainable supply chains. New issue sub-categories have been incorporated and new material is added across all issues on an ongoing basis. The site offers opportunities for companies and other stakeholders to share their own initiatives, resources and good practices.

The World Trade Organization (WTO)
The WTO is the only global international organisation dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments.

World Wildlife Fund
The world’s leading conservation organisation. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.


Initiatives and standards

Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)
BSCI is a leading business-driven initiative for companies committed to improving working conditions in the global supply chain.

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS)
CIPS is dedicated to promoting best practice in the purchasing and supply profession and provides a wide range of services for members and the wider business community.

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)
The ETI is an alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations working in partnership to improve the lives of workers across the globe who make or grow consumer goods.

The Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC)
FFC is a collaborative industry effort involving retail and consumer brands and retail trade associations to create a system for managing and sharing audit information.

Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO)
Fairtrade International is made up of 24 organisations working to secure a better deal for producers. The organisation sets  international Fairtrade standards and supports Fairtrade producers.

Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA)
The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) was set up in the UK to protect workers by licensing labour providers in the agriculture, shellfish gathering and food processing and packaging sectors.

Labour users and suppliers have an important role to play in making sure workers continue to be fairly treated through their day-to-day contact with labour providers and workers. This good practice guide for labour users and suppliers sets out the legal requirements for labour users as well recommended best practice.

Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)
The Global Social Compliance Programme is a business-driven programme for the continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains. The GSCP provides a global cross-industry platform to promote the exchange of knowledge and best practices in order to build comparability and transparency between existing social compliance and environmental compliance systems.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
GRI is a network-based organisation that pioneered the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework.

International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI)
ICTI and its member associations are committed to the promotion of toy safety standards, to the reduction or elimination of barriers to trade and to the advancement of social responsibility in the industry with programs to address environmental concerns, fair and lawful employment practices and workplace safety.

International Institute for Sustainable Development
IISD champions sustainable development around the world through innovation, partnerships, research and communications.

ITC Standards Map
An online database of the ITC (International Trade Centre), the joint agency of the United Nations and the WTO, which enables analyses and reviews of sustainability standards and audit protocols using a unique set of social, environmental and economic criteria, audit best practices and good governance models.

Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production (WRAP)
WRAP is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to the certification of lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing throughout the world. The WRAP Principles are basic standards that address labour practices, factory conditions, and environmental and customs compliance.

Academic courses

Supply Chain Management MBA, Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Syracuse, USA

MS in Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University, USA

MSc Sustainability and Management, Royal Holloway (University of London), UK