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Human rights

One of our corporate values is to treat everyone according to your expectations. We want the human rights of everyone who works at Tesco or Tesco to be respected. We know that our customers, colleagues and suppliers want this. We believe that our business can do good, create jobs and opportunities for people and communities around the world. But we also want these jobs to be good jobs. Our corporate human rights approach ensures that we operate with clear standards in matters such as working time, health and safety, trade unions, and the development of a non-discriminatory environment. It is our responsibility to respect the human rights of our employees, our customers, the communities in which we operate, and those in our supply chain, and we have the opportunity to do something for these people.

Our policies

We are committed to the protection of human rights and fully support the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the International Labor Organization (ILO) Covenants on Labor Standards, working time and the health and safety of workers. Specifically for our supplier base, we require our suppliers to comply fully with the labor guidelines set forth in the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) Basic Code.

Modern slavery remains a serious problem within global supply chains. We also find it important to work with our suppliers to resolve this. We strongly support transparency and cooperation to combat modern slavery.

Tesco conducts an annual risk assessment at each of its primary supplier sites based on criteria weighted in various ways, such as the country of operation of the supplier, the type of industry, and previous activities. Instead of judging ourselves on the level of risk, at the end of 2007 we switched to using the independent Sedex risk assessment tool for our primary supplier sites.

For more information visit: https://sustainability.tescoplc.com/media/476591/tesco-modern-slavery-statement_201819.pdf