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Ethical Expectations: What We Expect from Sellers Who Work With Production Partners

Trust is the foundation of Etsy's marketplace and community. When you work with a production partner, we trust you will make wise and informed choices. That means knowing that the businesses you collaborate with comply with all applicable laws, including safety, labor, and employment laws.

While Etsy does not audit or approve production partners, we do expect you to consider the following standards when choosing production partners to work with: 

1.) No child labor or youth labor. Any production partner you choose to work with should follow all local laws and rules regarding working hours and working conditions for minors. 

2.) No involuntary labor. Production partners should not use involuntary labor, including slave labor, prison labor, indentured labor, or forced labor. 

3.) Humane working conditions. Work with production partners who provide humane working hours for their employees and who do not use any form of physical or psychological coercion or intimidation against their workers.  

4.) Non-discrimination. Per our Anti-Discrimination Policy, there should be no tolerance for discrimination on the basis of:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Maternity or marital status
  • Nationality
  • Cultural, religious, or personal beliefs
  • Disability
  • Sexual orientation
  • Political opinion
  • Any other discrimination in relation to hiring, wages, benefits, termination, retirement


5.) Sustainability. Look for production partners who take measures to minimize any harmful environmental impact. 

Etsy reviews sellers’ production partner disclosures and may reach out for additional information to determine sellers' commitment to these ethical expectations, as well as Etsy’s Manufacturing Policy and Handmade Policy.

Etsy cannot guarantee the conditions under which products listed for sale on Etsy were made. Etsy does not currently audit third-party production partners (also called “manufacturers”) based on labor or other standards, and we do not require sellers to demonstrate that the materials incorporated into their products comply with the laws in the country or countries in which such suppliers do business. Etsy is not responsible for any production partners chosen by sellers. This applies to all third party production partners, including those participating in Etsy Manufacturing.

Learn more about disclosing production partners.

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