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Human rights

One of the values ​​of our business is that we treat people the way they want us to treat them. We want the human rights of everyone who works for us to be respected, and we know that our colleagues, customers and suppliers want it too.

We believe that our business can be a positive force and create opportunities and jobs for people and communities around the world. At the same time, we want these jobs to be good jobs. In practice, our approach to respect for human rights is reflected in adherence to strict standards such as working time, security, freedom of association and non-discrimination. If we find that human rights are being violated, we will ensure redress and justice for the victims.

Risk assessment

We are committed to ensuring respect for human rights and fully support the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the core conventions of the International Labor Organization and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We are committed to providing regular information on our human rights work in our supply chain. We require our suppliers to comply with all labor standards set forth in the Basic Code of Ethical Initiative (EIT).

In the previous two years, we have created an in-depth analysis process, which is a guarantee that we will identify the areas with the highest risk in the supply chain, which we will then focus on. In preparing the process, we used consultations with external specialists from the ranks of suppliers and industry authorities, whether they are state authorities and civic associations Unseen, Oxfam or Ethical Tea Partnership.

As part of the in-depth analysis process, we focus on delivering quality and improving ourselves in order to prevent and address the risks to human rights in our supply chain.

Audit

Through audits, we ensure that minimum standards of human rights protection are met in our supply chain. They help us identify warning signals and enable suppliers to provide targeted support so that we can continuously improve in this area. In audits, we focus on verifying conditions directly in places where we have the best opportunity for change; above all, these are the places from which the final products come before they enter Tesco, and where we have a direct relationship with our suppliers. All primary supply sites in high-risk countries must be audited before Tesco works with them. We repeat the audit regularly every year.