Dutch supermarket Jumbo publishes new human rights & due diligence policy in response to Oxfam campaign

Author: Anouk Franck, Oxfam Novib, Published on: 12 April 2019

"The first step is the hardest: Dutch supermarket Jumbo moves in right direction on human rights", 9 April 2019

Just over a month after Albert Heijn published its human rights policy early February, Jumbo took the same step, in line with Oxfam’s Behind the Barcodes campaign recommendations... [T]ogether the two supermarkets hold 54% of the market share in the Netherlands...

Jumbo’s commitments include a clearly articulated due diligence process aligned with the UNGPs, and a commitment to perform its first human rights impact assessment (HRIA) in 2019, followed by three further HRIAs annually from 2020 onwards. Jumbo will publicly report the results and progress of these investigations. As part of the assessments, Jumbo will specifically assess the situation of women in their supply chains, conditions of workers in their supply chains, and the wages and incomes of workers and farmers in their supply chains vis-à-vis living wages and incomes. Jumbo will also set up a complaints mechanism in line with the UNGPs...

[I]t explicitly promises to publish annual action plans indicating its human rights-related priorities, objectives and ambitions for the year ahead; it has also made an ambitious commitment to investigate the gap between current wages and living wages of workers in developing countries...

What is equally important is how Jumbo implements the policy, how it reports on progress, and how well it listens and responds to issues affecting workers and producers...

[also refers to Ahold Delhaize, Aldi, Lidl and PLUS]

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Related companies: Ahold Delhaize Albert Heijn (part of Ahold Delhaize) Aldi Nord Jumbo Lidl Plus