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8 Feb 2023

Ethical Trading Initiative

Turkey: ETI calls on international buyers to support suppliers, workers & representative following earthquake

"Türkiye and Syria earthquake response", 8 February 2023


10 different Turkish cities (Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kahramanmaras, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye, and Sanliurfa) and five Syria governorates (Aleppo, Idlib, Lattakia, Hamma and extensive Damascus) have been impacted...

This region hosts suppliers to all three sectors of ETI company membership; apparel and textile; food fishing and farming; and general merchandise. The regions affected are home to factories and mines supplying international brands and large groups of seasonal agricultural migrant workers who harvest a range of different commodities. Business has a part to play in recovery and support to affected workers and communities at this time. 

ETI will be engaging with company, trade union and NGO members to understand the impacts of this catastrophe on workers and supply chains. We will develop recommendations for effective business response which should include enhanced human rights due diligence and responsible business practices. We encourage all international buyers to play a role in recovery, ensuring they engage and support their affected suppliers, workers, and their representatives, during this state of emergency.