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Company Response

26 Jun 2023


Tesco response re FT investigation into exploitation of migrants in UK fishing industry via "transit visas"

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited all five companies to:

  1. Respond to the report’s findings and workers’ allegations of abusive working conditions;
  2. Disclose the steps it has taken to investigate and remedy workers for the abuse reported; and,
  3. Disclose any human rights due diligence it undertakes prior to entering into contracts with suppliers and when monitoring working conditions at suppliers.

Tesco provided the following response:

At Tesco we are committed to protecting the rights, fair working conditions and welfare of everyone working in our supply chain and any practices that do not meet our standards are clearly unacceptable. We are working proactively with the Seafood Ethics Action Alliance, the British Retail Consortium and our supplier to investigate these claims promptly and thoroughly. Please see the SEA Alliance statement for more details of actions taken and next steps here: https://seaa.org/positionstatements/sea-alliance-statement-recent-serious-allegations-featured-in-the-financial-times-magazine-and-wider-concerns-relating-to-worker-welfare-in-the-uk-fishing-sector/