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Company Response

7 Oct 2014

Sainsbury's response

We pride ourselves on sourcing our own brand products with integrity and take these matters very seriously. Our recent investigation confirms that our supplier pays not just the legal wage, but more than 20% above minimum wage to all workers. In addition, they are offered a range of benefits from medical and after school services, housing and free transportation in partnership with the union. This supplier is held up as a best practice example and responsible employer for our main multi-stakeholder program activity in Morocco, in which we collaborate with the Ethical Trading Initiative and an NGO.  For further information, Sainsbury’s takes the fair treatment of people working within our supply chains very seriously. We are founding members of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). The ETI Base Code covers nine key principles, including safe and hygienic working conditions, no discrimination and payment of a fair wage. As standard practice Sainsbury’s own brand suppliers undertake a number of due diligence processes – including independent ethical audits to ensure that our high standards and the integrity of our products is being upheld at all times. We require our suppliers to comply with the Ethical Trading Initiative’s Base Code for ethical sourcing and investigate any allegations claiming otherwise.