Standards and certificates
In addition to the BSCI standards, METRO accepts other standards and certificates as confirmation that social standards are met.
- SA8000 (Social Accountability)
- ICTI (International Council of Toy Industries)
- ICS (Initiative Clause Sociale)
- ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative), provided it is conducted in line with the SMETA guidelines (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit)
- RBA (Responsible Business Association (formerly EICC, Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition)
- FLA (Fair Labor Association)
Furthermore, as a first step, METRO accepts the following food-relevant standards/certifications to ensure compliance with social standards.
- RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil)
- ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council)
- BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices)
Fire protection and occupational safety training
In addition to our existing audits, we are involved in other activities. Our import company - METRO Sourcing - has implemented fire protection and occupational safety training courses for producers in Bangladesh and other risk countries in conjunction with our cooperative partners. We also want to improve building safety at textile factories in the production countries. To achieve this, we signed a special accord for the textile industry in Bangladesh in 2013. Its aim is to improve fire protection and enhance building safety. The accord was developed in conjunction with business representatives, trade unions and non-governmental organisations.
In 2016, we defined a list of deal-breakers which rule out collaboration with external firms. These factors include child labour, forced labour, insufficient occupational safety - in particular, fire protection - and un ethical conduct. Suppliers and their producers who are found to violate the deal-breaker code are required by METRO to come up with short- and long-term solutions. No new or follow-up orders are placed until remedial action has been taken.