Ethical Trade

Your trusted social/ethical trade audit experts in Africa.

Every audit is driven by a set of key principles

We’re known for our unique, on-the-ground approach to auditing, which allows workers to take a more active role in the audit process and freely express their experience of their working conditions. Our team of local auditors works across 26 countries in Africa, and we’re proud to be recognised by global brands, ethical trading bodies, and industry associations for carrying out ethical audits.

The following ILO conventions, local laws and the Ethical Trading Initiative base code principles guide every Partner Africa project:

Employment is freely chosen
Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
Working conditions are safe and hygienic
Child labour shall not be used
Living wages are paid
Working hours are not excessive
No discrimination is practiced
Regular employment is provided
No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed

Proven methodologies, guided by leading industry bodies

Partner Africa is a member of the Association for Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) and has expertise in a range of standards and certifications. We audit against leading industry standards and techniques, such as SMETA 2 and 4 Pillar, Sedex Virtual Assessment, the Sustainability Initiative of South Africa (SIZA) Social Standard and the Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) code, and global brand standards, including the Coca-Cola Supplier Guiding Principles, the Unilever Responsible Sourcing Audit and C.A.F.E. practices.

We’re able to map audit trends and provide clients with dashboards for supply chain non-compliance monitoring.


We work with non-compliance data to develop proactive risk management, training and ethical reporting solutions.


We’re equipped with the linguistic and cultural knowledge to accurately rank all non-compliance findings.

Learn more about our basic and advanced auditor training

“I value the working relationship that we have and the honesty and integrity with which the team tackle their work. They are true professionals.”


Small Producer Assessments: No business too small

In many African countries, small-scale producers and informal sector workers feed into export supply chains. Applying codes of conduct to these small, family-run businesses is a complex process.

We frequently work with small-scale producers and the informal sector across Africa. We are a member of the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) working group, which developed the ETI smallholder guidelines, used to assist in extending ethical sourcing to smallholder farmers.

We're your partner in responsible business


Gain insight into our intelligent 8-step audit process.

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If you’d prefer to speak to a team member about how we can meet your specific needs, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Championing responsible business in Africa