Fair and socially equitable working conditions
METRO consistently complies with social standards. Our aim is to identify and prevent violations of socially ethical working conditions. The key labour standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) are a fixed part of our procurement policy.
In addition to this, we are a founding member of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). This means we have undertaken to uphold fundamental human rights in the production and supply chain. The BSCI is one of the most efficient systems for ensuring safe, humane working conditions in emerging and developing countries.
The BSCI Code of Conduct comprises eleven principles:
- The rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining are upheld
- There is no discrimination
- Statutory minimum wages and/or industry-standard wages are paid
- Working hours comply with national legislation
- The workplace is safe and healthy
- Child labour is prohibited
- There is special protection for young workers
- No forms of precarious employment are used
- There is no forced labour or disciplinary action
- The environment is respected
- There are guidelines to prevent bribery and corruption
METRO wants to establish fair working conditions among the manufacturers of its own-brand products. Our aim is to conduct an audit of all the producers we work with in risk countries, based on either the BSCI standards or comparable standards. The BSCI has drawn up a list of risk countries. Classification as a risk country is based on various criteria: the experience of local purchasing companies, the United Nations’ human development index and Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index.
Since January 2017, only new producers with an acceptable audit report have been allowed to go on our books.
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)
- 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)