Let’s talk about ethical trade and human rights – issues we know many of you care passionately about.
We’re a business that cares about people – be they members, colleagues, customers, suppliers or people in communities where our activities have an impact.
So, when it comes to ethical trade and human rights, this means taking care of the people in our business and our supply chain – treating them fairly and ensuring that they are protected and respected. We’re talking about issues like safe working conditions, living wages, the freedom of workers to come together and jointly negotiate pay, no forced labour, no child labour and no discrimination.
We protect people by co-operating, we work hard with our suppliers to make sure human rights are upheld and when they fall short we work together to sort things out.
We also know that by being open and honest we drive the best behaviours. So we’re committed to monitoring our performance and reporting our activities in a clear way, warts and all, so that you can have confidence in what we’re doing and that we’re striving for constant improvement.
Right now, I’m keen to hear your thoughts on issues involving people in the supply chains of our business. If you’re interested in other ethical issues, like how animals are treated or the environment, then hold your horses – there’ll be blog posts on these issues, coming soon.
But, if you want to talk about people, here’s a starter for ten…
- Is this issue important to you?
- If it is, why? And if it isn’t, why?
- What would you want the Co-op to do?
Myself and the social team will be replying to the comments posted so look out for your reply and let’s keep talking.
Group Ethics Director