About Us

We help organisations demonstrate their respect for labour standards, human rights and gender equality

Through our research and consulting services we clarify risks and identify opportunities for improvement. We enable organisations to develop policies and take practical steps to improve the lives of workers and communities.

We have a thirteen year track record, an international core staff located in London, New York and Haarlem, an established network of global experts, and  a diverse and growing client list.

Our Approach

Ergon is an independent private company, owned by its directors and registered in the UK. With no third parties to satisfy, we can focus entirely on our clients. We bring broad professional knowledge and long experience to bear on their issues and concerns.

We pride ourselves on providing insight and advice that is clear, practical and tailored to individual needs. It is grounded in international good practice, informed by peer comparisons and attuned to emerging developments.

Our Clients

Our clients include international financial institutions, leading brands and corporations, international agencies and multi-stakeholder platforms. Recent clients include:

  • European Commission
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • World Bank
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Standard Chartered
  • ING
  • ASOS
  • BBC Studios
  • Burberry
  • Co-operative Food
  • Hilton Worldwide, Inc.
  • Innocent
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Mars Inc.
  • Oil Search
  • Primark
  • Rio Tinto
  • Target Corporation
  • United Bid
  • Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)
  • Fair Labor Association (FLA)
  • Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH)
  • Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)
  • Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Our Expertise

Our staff are creative problem-solvers. We recruit people with diverse backgrounds and long professional experience, including:

  • Responsible supply chains: ethical trade policy, implementation and reporting
  • Project finance: transaction support on social issues, capacity-building, project assessments
  • Human rights: business policy, practical due diligence, internal development and training
  • Employment law: interpretation of international standards and implementation of national laws
  • Human resource management: capacity-building for compliance with codes of conduct
  • Gender: project mainstreaming and policy implementation at enterprise level
  • Labour market analysis: gender dimensions, skills analysis.

Collectively we have worked in more than 45 countries across four continents. Our team includes fluent speakers of English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Greek, Swedish and Portuguese.