Ethical standards reviews and reports

We speak to the right people, ask the right questions and get boots on the ground to find the answers

Are they gaining an unfair advantage?

Octopus has built on our experience. And now offers two products to assist ethical-trading initiatives and green credentials.

The Competitor Ethical Standards Report – helps clients to understand how their competitors operate around the world, including the parts they would rather keep quiet. You can determine if their sustainability and socially responsible company claims match their actions, before working with Octopus to form a strategy on how best to use any information found.

The Internal Business Ethics Review – allows Octopus to discreetly evaluate a clients’ internal practices, such as supply chain, to uncover any vulnerabilities which could leave them exposed. The aim is to help ensure the client company can stand up to scrutiny and be proud of their ethical trading standards.

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Competitor Ethical Standards Report

Do you suspect your competitor getting an unfair competitive advantage? Are they proclaiming exaggerated or untrue sustainability and green credentials?

Do you think your competitor claims to have a clean supply chain is not true? Free from potential slavery issues and ecological concerns? But you suspect they’re not managing it? And they can’t they prove their claims?

Ethical trading and anti-slavery are so much more than a statement on a website. You suspect it’s not a level playing field and losing business to them.

We have seen it with our eyes examples of slavery and lies about ethical and responsible trading. Involving major UK businesses in places like India and Bangladesh. Resulting in our client been undercut in the market.

The Competitor Ethical Standards Report

Octopus offers the Competitor Ethical Standards Report covering:

  • How do your competitors operate around the world?
  • What are they doing to be an ethical and responsible company?
  • Do their claims match their actions?
  • Do they own what they say they own?
  • Are the ethical and green endorsements proclaimed to them true?
  • How can you use it to your advantage? 
  • What can you learn from them to improve your own processes?

Internal Business Ethics Review

To be forewarned is to forearmed. It would be sensible to protect your hard-earned credentials. And make sure you have not missed anything within your supply chain. We can conduct discreet and confidential checks on your ethical and sustainability strategy. Then identify areas improvements, weaknesses. We certify that you uphold excellent ethical practices and responsibility in your business. 

  • Environmentally-friendly production, manufacturing, distribution etc
  • Carbon Neutral/minimal 
  • Forestry compliance, not contributing to deforestation 
  • Sustainable marine practices 
  • No Animal Testing 
  • No modern Slavery / Poor conditions for workers within their supply chain
  • Fair Trade standards 
  • Contribution to charitable causes 
  • Community Engagement 
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This can’t be happening? Is it?

We have seen significant companies pulling the wool over their UK customers. They think no one will check up on what they are doing in a developing country. No one check’s if their factory sign is still up the day after official inspection the photos are taken.

Who will check if we don’t really have a team out there or that the company we work with doesn’t exist? 

No one will check ethical trading endorsements from a Nobel Peace prize winner. We did, and they were entirely made up.

Your country MD is telling you everything is ethical and above board. Why would you disagree with them? After all, you have not been in the Guardian newspaper yet so it must be all right.

We can get our boots on the ground. Work with local experts to find out what’s really going on. Using our Military Intelligence expertise and commercial acumen. 

We can dig digger too using our Strategic Intelligence and background checking services:

  • Anti-slavery investigations
  • Background investigations 
  • Corporate affiliations 
  • Deep due diligence and background checking
  • Know Your Customer (KYC) investigations
  • Identification, analysis and diligence of M+A, alliance, partnership opportunities 
  • Individual’s wealth assessment 
  • Litigation support complex legal investigation 
  • Reputation issues 

Octopus has built on our hands-on experience. We offer two products to assist in ethical-trading initiatives and green credentials.

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Why get in touch with us?

No obligation, commitment free consultation

Experienced in desk, primary and on-site investigations

We work with you to build creative solutions 

Great reputation with real life references available

Founder is on the global board of the governing body of Competitive Intelligence 

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What are they planning?


  • Understand competitor business models
  • How they are planning to out flank you?
  • Why they are doing what they do?
  • And why your customers could be attracted to them?

Make better decisions and take action


  • Improve your productivity by focusing on winnable activities and pitches
  • Provide an early warning of competitive threats
  • Make better strategic decisions and take action
  • Isolate and take advantage of your competitors’ strengths and weaknesses to stay ahead of the game

Where are they winning?


  • Be more informed and open to innovation
  • Stay fresh in the industry
  • Create exciting value propositions
  • Identify alternative marketing channels your competitors are successfully (or not) using to market their products and services

Confidential and unbiased


  • Completely impartial Intelligence
  • Critical and focused and will save you time and money
  • Unbiased news, views, truth and relevant analysis
  • Allow us to talk to people without fear of compromise or embarrassment