IEH - Ethical Trading Initiative Norway

Template for Ethical Trade Principles (Code of Conduct)

Ethical Trade Principles, or codes of conduct (coc), expresses the company's goals related to ethical trade.

By adopting Ethical Trade Principles (code of conduct) you establish a value base for your efforts to promote ethical trade. IEH's Ethical Trade Principles are based conventions adopted by the UN and the International Labour Organization (ILO). There is international consensus that these conventions apply to labour standards worldwide. To ensure commitment to ethical trade, the company's code of conduct should be approved by the company's board. Examples of such principles is no child labour, proper contracts for workers, the suppliers pays the workers a living wage. 

Furthermore, the Ethical Trade Principles (code of conduct) should describe how you intend to follow up the suppliers. The principles will have strategic implications for your company, and should therfore be approved by the company's board.

Here you can download a template for Ethical Trade Principles (code of conduct) in Norwegian. The template contains "recommended text" and "mandatory text". An English and a Chinese version is available for IEH's members.


As member of IEH - Ethical Trading Initiative Norway, you have access to many more resources and tools than those described here, in addition to continuous advice and follow-up in your efforts to promote ethical trade. IEH is also an excellent arena for network-building, and a useful meeting place. Among other things, we offer courses and seminars, and capacity-building for your suppliers. See IEH's member benefits and become a member of IEH!

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