Ethical Trading Policy

We have 2 over-riding priorities on ethical trade - the welfare of workers in our supply chain and ensuring a sustainable environmental impact.
As a founder member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), Tesco uses the ETI Base Code as its standard for all primary suppliers across all our businesses. The code states:

  • Employment is freely chosen
  • Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
  • Working conditions are safe and hygienic
  • Child labour shall not be used
  • Living wages are paid
  • Working hours are not excessive
  • No discrimination is practised
  • Regular employment is provided
  • No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed

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Sharing audit data

We were influential in establishing Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), launched in 2004. This web-based system encourages businesses to share data on labour standards at production sites, avoiding duplication of assessments. It allows inspection resources to be better targeted and avoids unnecessary costs for suppliers.
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