We have developed a set of environmental, human rights, labour and health and safety standards for our suppliers, which are framed under our Code of Conduct for Business Partners. These standards are based on International norms and regulations, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organisation’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the Base Code of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). They frame our expectations for our trusted partners that they conduct their businesses under the same principles as we conduct ours.
All of GFG’s and its subsidiaries’ suppliers are required to comply with the Code of Conduct for Business Partners, as part of our contractual relationship. Furthermore, we reserve the right to inspect suppliers’ factories manufacturing for any of our subsidiaries owned private labels. To ensure compliance with our standards, GFG and its subsidiaries require full transparency of final stage manufacturing factories, including subcontractors.
We hold frequent third party audits for supplying factories, all of which have involved interviews of production workers and in most instances, have been conducted on a semi- or un-announced basis.
We review all audits thoroughly and work with our supplying vendors and factories on timed and prioritised action plans to continuously achieve improvement over time. Our preferred approach is to use our leverage to influence positive change. However, we reserve the right to terminate our relationship with factories or vendors, who do not comply with our ethical trading standards.
We have developed a set of environmental, human rights, labour and health and safety standards for our suppliers, which are framed under our Code of Conduct for Business Partners. These standards are based on International norms and regulations, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organisation’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the Base Code of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). They frame our expectations for our trusted partners, that they conduct their businesses under the same principles as we conduct ours.
Addressing the complex challenges that come with an international supply chain is not easy or simple, and often requires a collaborative effort with different stakeholders to promote lasting change. We are looking to partner with others in our industry to learn and share best practices, which can in turn help deliver on our objectives. One way we do this is through our group’s membership with the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and Civil Society Organisations that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe.
Environmental sustainability of our own operations reflects our responsibility to manage the impacts we have through energy usage, packaging, carbon emissions and waste.
At GFG our objective is to measure and reduce our impacts on the environment in order to protect natural resources, manage risk, spur competitive advantage and help drive innovation. We seek to do so in a way that creates value for a wide range of stakeholders, including the communities in which we operate, our customers, employees, shareholders and others impacted by our business. In addition to the efforts we have done so far, such as adopting reusable containers made from recycled plastic to transport our goods to and from our fulfilment centres, as our business evolves, we will seek to further our understanding on where we have the biggest opportunities to influence and drive positive change.
GFG’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy will seek to support our business as we look to the future, leverage our strengths and build partnership with stakeholders to address the issues most important to our company and society.
GFG has an Animal Welfare Policy in place that outlines our expectations as to how and where animal materials are used in our products, which is applicable to all of our subsidiaries’ owned private labels. This Policy is based on the industry-recognised Five Freedoms, developed by the UK’s Farm Animal Welfare Committee.
Where animals are used in our subsidiaries’ private label products, we require them to be a by-product of the food industry. None of GFG’s or our subsidiaries’ private labels sell products that use real animal fur of any kind, exotic skins or hair from the Angora rabbit.
As a fast-growing organisation committed to continuous improvements, we are aware of emerging risks and the potential impact of our own operations on human rights and to the environment globally. Therefore, we will continue to develop and extend our approach on these areas, constantly reviewing our strategies and assessing our most salient risks.