A leading not-for-profit social enterprise and a pioneer in the field of ethical, responsible business practice.

We work in partnership to deliver high quality and innovative Ethical Trade Services and Trade Development Projects across Africa and the Near East.

If you are looking for an audit against your codes of conduct or a standard like SMETA, we have teams of professional auditors who can deliver social audits in 42 countries across Africa and the Near East. We also have a range of capacity building and training programs that supports and delivers improvements against areas of common non-compliance. These address root-cause workplace issues like communication, supervisory skills, management systems for compliance and even financial literacy. We also support with certification training for Rainforest Alliance and Fair Trade programmes.

Our Approach

“The lessons that we’ve learned through the trainers from Partner Africa I believe will improve our lives today and tomorrow. I’ve been trained as a Lead Farmer, and am now passing on this knowledge to 150 other farmers from my area”

Rahab Angila, Tea Grower, Kenya



Local People, Local Solutions

By employing local expertise, we give our clients a unique insight into the context, culture, regulations, standards, labour laws and working practices in the countries where we work. This ensures that the services we offer are well balanced and easily accessible to local cultures and sensitivities.

Participatory Approach

Partner Africa uses a combination of participatory methodologies and techniques throughout all our ethical trade services. A participatory approach allows the inclusion of all levels of workers in auditing activities and training programmes regardless of literacy or language barriers.

Working In Partnership

Developing partnerships and joining trade associations raises our profile as a credible body within the industry, and enables us to develop services according to sector needs and market demand.

Internationally Recognised

Partner Africa is an approved ethical audit provider for a wide range of leading international brands and retailers.

Gender Balance

We employ a good balance of both genders across our associate teams. This ensures that the profile of the workforce is reflected in the make up of the team as workers are more comfortable when they engage in worker interviews and training programmes.

Extensive Pan African Network

Partner Africa is operational across five regions: North Africa & the Near East, Southern Africa, East and Central Africa, West Africa, and the Indian Ocean.

Social Entrepreneurship

We aim to improve the livelihoods of local workers and producers while promoting socially responsible business practices. Any surplus generated from our services is used as seed capital to access larger funds from institutional donors so that we can also deliver trade development projects, supporting the livelihoods of vulnerable workers and their communities.