Who are we?
The Natural Resources and Ethical Trade programme
was established in 1997 as the first initiative to focus on the
promotion and investigation of social and environmental dimensions
in trade from the perspective of developing countries and poor people.
As the corporate accountability and responsibility movement has
continued to gather momentum NRET, has contributed to the debate
around trade, standards and development. NRET provides an independent
source of expertise in research and consultancy in ethical trade
and responsible business, working with organisations in the North
and South that share our aims.
NRET works with a range of public and private
sector organisations to:
- Further understanding of ethical trade
- Introduce viable social and environmental
practices into core business operations
- Develop policies to promote best practices
in ethical trade.
What do we do?
We deliver high quality, multi-user services
that optimise the benefits of responsible business initiatives,
particularly as they affect poor people and developing countries.
As part of these services we aim to share learning across initiatives
and sectors and to influence policy.
- Building better standards for
NRET works with organisations to develop
standards for monitoring, auditing and reporting the social and
environmental dimensions of trade with poorer countries.
- Producer market linkages
NRET helps companies and producer groups
in developing countries take advantage of market opportunities
through enhancing their understanding of customers’ requirements
and in establishing viable, efficient businesses.
- Ethical supply chain management
NRET works with mainstream companies and
Alternative Trade Organisations to embed social and environmental
issues into supply chain management.
- Assessing Ethical Trade
NRET is working with stakeholders along the
supply chain to critically assess how and whether the impacts
of ethical trade can be improved, especially in relation to livelihoods.
For further information see the NRET
capacity statement flyer in [PDF 105Kb]