EMD adopts code of conduct for sustainable sourcing
From now on, private label suppliers will be subjected to a set of 12 sustainability criteria when cooperating with the international retail alliance EMD. The content of these purchasing guidelines is based on the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) of which EMD is an active member. The new sustainability requirements for private label procurement will be applied to all joint sourcing projects of the retail alliance: Strict compliance with high social standards and a commitment to recognized food safety standards will be made indispensable in the new purchasing guidelines. To ensure food safety in accordance with the Global Food Safety Initiative, all suppliers involved are carefully monitored. With regard to the so-called risk countries (Amfori BSCI risk country classification) and risk product categories, EMD assesses social compliance evidence such as audit reports and certificates. Private label suppliers who do not yet comply with the new EMD purchasing guidelines are accompanied by the international retail alliance and given support in achieving this goal.