UK supermarkets including Aldi, Co-op, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose & Partners have joined together as Founding Sponsors of the Responsible Recruitment Toolkit (RRT) to offer expert, pragmatic support to their suppliers in order to achieve responsible recruitment in their supply chains.
Recruitment and labour provision have been identified as presenting amongst the greatest worker exploitation risks in supply chains. In response, leading UK supermarkets have taken proactive action to collaborate as Founding Sponsors of ResponsibleRecruitmentToolkit.org, the pioneering one-stop, practical capacity building tool supporting businesses to embed responsible recruitment practices in their supply chains.
For the first time, experts have carefully mapped relevant global social compliance codes to define 27 responsible recruitment labour standards to cover all stages and elements of labour sourcing and supply. By joining together as Founding Sponsors, these principal UK retailers are enabling their suppliers to utilise the RRT to build capability, self-assess and report progress across all areas of responsible recruitment.
By working collaboratively, the Founding Sponsors are extending the reach and impact of their sponsorship, providing their suppliers and wider supply chain service and labour providers with:
- Free places on a range of face-to-face and online responsible recruitment workshops.
- Free registration and discounted optional RRT subscriptions enabling full access to the guidance, resources and self-assessment and reporting tool.
- Discounts on more in-depth responsible recruitment training to further develop knowledge and capacity to address issues in wider supply chains.
“As leading supermarkets in the UK, we are pleased to announce this collaboration to support our supply chain to work towards meeting consistent high standards of responsible recruitment. We have joined together as Founding Sponsors of the Responsible Recruitment Toolkit to reach as many suppliers as possible to ensure they have the expert guidance and support needed to meet those standards”, said the founding sponsor supermarkets.
UK retailers will be contacting their suppliers to encourage them and the labour providers they use to take full advantage of the support and guidance available on ResponsibleRecruitmentToolkit.org.