Nikotex Carpets supports the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and the Sedex organization.


The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe. ETI vision is a world where all workers are free from exploitation and discrimination, and enjoy conditions of freedom, security and equity.

Ethical trade means that retailers, brands and their suppliers take responsibility for improving the working conditions of the people who make the products they sell. Most of these workers are
employed by supplier companies around the world, many of them based in poor countries where laws designed to protect workers’ rights are inadequate or not enforced.

Companies with a commitment to ethical trade adopt a code of labor practice that they expect all their suppliers to work towards. Such codes address issues like wages, hours of work, health and safety and the right to join free trade unions.

The ETI Base Code:

  1. Employment is freely chosen
  2. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
  3. Working conditions are safe and hygienic
  4. Child labor shall not be used
  5. Living wages are paid
  6. Working hours are not excessive
  7. No discrimination is practiced
  8. Regular employment is provided
  9. No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed


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You can also download the ETI Base Code at: ETI Base Code

Sedex is a membership organization that provides one of the world’s leading online platforms for companies to manage and improve working conditions in global supply chains.
Sedex provides practical tools, services and a community network to help companies improve their responsible and sustainable business practices, and source responsibly.

Nikotex Carpets conducts periodic audits according to the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA).

What is SMETA?

SMETA is Sedex’s social auditing methodology, enabling businesses to assess their sites and suppliers to understand working conditions in their supply chain. An auditor from an Affiliated Audit Company (AAC) physically attends the site – or workplace – of a business, enabling the auditor to assess the conditions on the ground.

The main pillars for the evaluation according to SMETA are the following:

• Working conditions
• Health & Safety
• Working hours – Payroll
• Discrimination

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