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Company Response

11 May 2020


Kroger's response

Kroger has not procured directly or, to the best of our knowledge, indirectly, any Fyffes’ melons from Honduras over the past year and do not have any orders scheduled for the upcoming growing season. Previously, we had plans to perform a Kroger social audit of this Fyffes’ location earlier this year. Unfortunately, due to the seasonal nature of the business and the fact that much of the growing season coincided with the Covid-19 pandemic, that has not occurred and will not be possible until late October at the earliest (next growing season).

... In order to do business with Kroger, a supplier is required to agree to our Vendor Code of Conduct. When registering in the Supplier Hub, suppliers must acknowledge their assent to the Code, which includes that the facilities they operate and subcontract with can be subject to Social Compliance Audits. Kroger requires third-party audits of all international facilities that produce Our Brands products, unbranded items and direct import national brands items. In some cases, Kroger also audits domestic facilities if there is a perceived risk... We have a zero-tolerance policy for human rights violations reported through our social compliance program audits or other means. Addressing violations includes documented corrective action plan(s) and corresponding improvements. Failure to complete the corrective action plan(s) within the agreed-upon timeline can result in termination of the supply contract.