The diverse and often complex supply chains involved in producing the food, fashion, beauty, and homeware products we sell can have significant social and environmental impacts. Continuously strengthening our value chains through our ethical sourcing programmes is non-negotiable to allow us to mitigate where necessary, and positively influence where possible, the outcomes and impacts of manufacturing and production.
Awareness regarding the transparency of supply chains and the traceability of products is also on the rise, and we are working actively to enhance our programmes to address this.
Ethical sourcing requires us to build meaningful and long-term value-sharing relationships with our suppliers and other key stakeholders in the supply chain. Our main focus is on our private label primary suppliers and supply chains. This is where we can exert the greatest influence for positive change, and more easily monitor performance. Where possible, we also engage with branded suppliers to ensure that our standards are understood and upheld.
Our approach to ethical sourcing comprises:
More information on the focus area and our performance thereon can be found in our annual Good Business Journey Report