Ethical sourcing program and management systems

Case Study

In response to a range of human rights and compliance issues arising within its supply chain and the associated reputation risks, the Coles Group Enterprise Compliance team engaged Point Advisory to assist in the development and establishment of its Ethical Sourcing program.

Point Advisory helped create the program focused on identifying, preventing and mitigating any potential negative human rights impacts throughout the supply chains for Coles Brand, fresh produce, meat, operations, services and goods not for resale. As part of this work, Point Advisory helped develop the Ethical Sourcing Policy and the Ethical Sourcing – Supplier Requirements.

The Ethical Sourcing Program enables Coles Group to promote and uphold the standards articulated in the Policy, is based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ framework.

Coles’ Ethical Sourcing Policy and Supplier Requirements are based primarily on Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions, including the Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and establish the minimum standards when supplying Coles Group. The Policy covers the ILO fundamental Conventions for freedom of association and collective bargaining (ILO Convention No.87 and No.98), discrimination (ILO No.100 and 111), forced or bonded labour (ILO No, 29 and No.105) and child labour (ILO No. 138 and No.182). Our Ethical Sourcing Policy and Supplier Requirements also cover illegal labour, wages and benefits, working hours and safe working conditions.

If you would like to find out more on how Point Advisory can assist your organisation in your ethical sourcing needs, please refer to our Procurement services or contact us.

Coles Group

Melbourne, VIC, Australia