Commentary: Retailers increasingly focusing certification schemes on working conditions

Author: Nic Jooste, Produce Business UK, Published on: 23 May 2018

CSR is now commonplace in Europe‭, ‬and many companies have developed a CSR strategy in one form or [A] number of new trends have emerged‭...

  • Transparency and honesty are key issues‭...
  • Dutch retailers Jumbo‭ ‬and Plus‭, ‬as well as German discounter Aldi have‭ ‬announced by 2019‭ ‬all their fruit and vegetable growers should be certified according to the Milieukeur scheme‭, ‬the Dutch environmental quality label for sustainable products and services‭. ‬Multinational Albert Heijn made this choice in 2016‭.‬
  • Together with retailers Co-op‭, ‬Edeka‭, ‬Lidl‭, ‬Metro and Migros‭, ‬the GlobalGAP organization developed GRASP‭, ‬a certification scheme‭ ‬that focuses on almost all aspects of worker and working conditions on the farm‭. ‬Today‭, ‬GRASP is compulsory if one wants to supply fresh produce to European retailers‭...
  • ‘Global goals determine the agenda‭.‬’‭ ‬Social issues and food security in the field of food production have become crucial for companies who are serious about CSR‭...
  • ‬Companies are expected to perform their activities in an ethical manner and are increasingly being judged on the basis of moral‭ ‬and ethical arguments‭...

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Related companies: Ahold Delhaize Albert Heijn (part of Ahold Delhaize) Aldi Nord Aldi Süd Co-operative Group Edeka Group Jumbo Lidl Metro Group Migros Plus