In June 2015, a group of retailers, importers, exporters and local producers joined together to launch the Ethical Trade Forums in Spain to establish a non-competitive space where Spanish producers could discuss joint challenges and share best practice on ethical trade issues.

Since then, the Ethical Trade Forums have become established in the Spanish agri-food industry and are now supported by retailers and import/export companies from different countries, as well as by sector brands. All these companies make up the group of Members of the Ethical Trade Forums.

All members who join this group commit to embrace the spirit of the Forums, working collaboratively in a non-competitive environment to share both challenges and examples of best practice and commit to taking compliance with competition seriously, ensuring that sensitive business information is not discussed or exchanged as part of Forums membership.

They also commit to implement or support the use of best practice examples shared at the Forums, as appropriate, and to respond to requests from Working Groups and the Organisation as required in a timely manner.

Members of the Ethical Trade Forums contribute financially to cover the annual costs of the Forums, thus becoming sponsors.




Formed by three retailers, three importers who are members of the Forums, and three producers coordinating different Working Groups.

Their role is to develop the short and long term strategies to ensure that the forums achieve their mission and vision in a sustainable way. To this end, they will meet once a quarter or if necessary at the request of any of their members.

It is renewed at the end of each calendar year.