Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Written Evidence


Annex 1

GLOBAL SOURCING PRINCIPLES

  Marks & Spencer takes great care in choosing the companies who supply us directly with goods and services and with whom we aim to build long term partnerships. From the start we require each supplier to implement our Global Sourcing Principles, which establish a minimum acceptable entry standard. But as our business relationship develops, we expect the supplier steadily to raise standards and improve working conditions, taking account of internationally recognised standards.

SUPPLIER'S RESPONSIBILITY

  Together with each supplier we establish a set of standards, which includes specifications appropriate to the industries and countries producing the goods. It is the supplier's responsibility to achieve and maintain these standards.

WORKFORCE RIGHTS

  The people working for our suppliers are to be treated with respect, and their health, safety and basic human rights are to be protected and promoted. Each supplier must, as a minimum, fully comply with all relevant local and national laws and regulations, particularly with regard to:

    —  Working hours and conditions, rates of pay and terms of employment.

    —  Minimum age of employment.

  Moreover, whatever the local regulations, workers should normally be at least 15 years old; as a norm, they should be free to join lawful trade unions or worker's associations.

PRODUCTION SITES AND LABELLING

  Suppliers of goods must agree with us in advance the production site or sites to be used for each order and no subcontracting of our orders from these agreed locations is allowed. All goods must be labelled with their country of origin.

REGULAR ASSESSMENT

  All production sites are to be regularly visited and assessed by our suppliers and by our own staff. Together we will strive for continual improvement.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

  At the very least, suppliers must meet all relevant local and national regulations. In addition, we expect them steadily to improve their environmental performance by aiming to comply with international standards.

DEDICATED PRODUCTION UNITS

  Once we have established significant levels of business with a supplier, we expect that supplier to produce our goods in units, and with workers, dedicated to Marks & Spencer orders.

COMMITMENT TO EXTENDING PRINCIPLES THROUGH THE SUPPLY CHAIN

  We expect our suppliers to adopt similar principles in dealing with those who, in turn, supply them.

  Suppliers must not only apply these principles at all times, but must also be able to show they are doing so. We will take action against suppliers who do not comply, which may involve cancelling our orders and ceasing to trade.



 
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