Partner Africa is known for its unique participatory ethical audit process, providing more than a ‘tick box’ service in evaluating standards.

Using a variety of participatory techniques that enable even those without high levels of literacy to contribute, we evaluate a company’s current situation, create a corrective action plan for any issues identified, and offer the necessary training and capacity support to meet international market requirements. As a recognised audit provider for a number of leading global brands and retailers we audit against a range of ethical standards including the SMETA 2 and 4 Pillar, ETI base code and individual supplier codes of conduct.

Small Producer Assessments
We also assess the ethical standards of small producers feeding into export supply chains to minimise the risk to a brand. Applying codes of conduct to informal and often family run businesses is a complex process. We seek to establish the characteristics, needs and priorities of small producers and their workers, and outline recommendations to improve on the standards required as well as to help improve their livelihoods.

Lack of capacity is often one of the main competitive disadvantages faced by African companies. Our training programmes are designed to improve practical knowledge and skills within companies aiming to enter or increase their presence in international markets.

Training programmes cover general ethical trade awareness and compliance to global standards as well as addressing some of the most common areas of non-compliance. We also offer training in certification processes for Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade. Our training methodology is rooted in a participatory process that includes; presentations, roleplays, cases studies, small group sessions, open discussions, and individualised programmes.

Training Programmes

  • Ethical Trade Awareness
  • Improved Workplace Communication
  • Promoting Equal Treatment of Workers (Supervisors Skills Training)
  • Management Systems for Compliance
  • Building the required attitudes in the programme team
  • Sedex B Member Training
  • Compliance with Fairtrade Requirements
  • Fairtrade Joint Body Training
  • Rainforest Alliance Certification Training

With our Pan-African reach and experienced local teams in 42 countries we are able to deliver a wide range of high-end consultancy services to international brands and retailers, as well as governments and NGOS. Our advisory services allow clients to draw upon our knowledge of local capabilities, labour codes and culture as well as understanding international codes of practice and trade certifications. Our aim is to assist and advance international trade opportunities while supporting socially responsible business practices amongst African suppliers, producers and smallholder farmers.

We provide a variety of client specific consultancy services:

  • Assessment services e.g. measuring impact of an ethical trade investment, gap analysis, community impact assessments, needs assessments, pre and post assessments
  • Local Research e.g. context analysis, capacity mapping, developing expansion plans, understanding local trends and demand
  • Support with managing CSR projects e.g. local development, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Supplying local knowledge e.g. providing local knowledge to inform international companies
  • Supplying international knowledge e.g. providing international knowledge to inform local companies

Trade Development Projects are funded programmes, primarily through public private partnerships and include grants and in-kind resources from companies, statutory donors, governments and NGOS. Trade Development Projects aim to bring direct economic and social benefits to workers and smallholders engaged in global supply chains, while creating opportunities to innovate and demonstrate good practice. Partner Africa focuses on two main areas that improve the livelihoods of workers and smallholder farmers:

Buyer driven global supply chains
Improving working conditions through partnerships with global and African firms, leading to more sustainable access to markets through collaboration and joint action with a range of stakeholders.
The informal sector
Supporting smallholders, home workers, family networks, artisans etc. who struggle to gain access to global markets. We use our local knowledge and capacity building activities to help them implement the required standards and to facilitate access to local, regional and international markets.


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