25 March 2008 | Jake Kanter
Sainsbury's has written to its major suppliers outlining its corporate hospitality policy after police questioned one of its buyers in connection with a corruption investigation involving a supplier.
The letter warned that its staff operate under strict corporate regulations and can't accept bribes and gifts of any nature.
It was reported last week that a buyer at the supermarket had received payments of around £3 million from an employee at potato vendor Greenvale (see 27 March issue of SM).
A spokeswoman for Sainsbury's told supplymanagement.com: "We wanted to assure suppliers that we take our responsibility of sourcing with integrity very seriously and will treat any irregularities with the utmost seriousness."
She would not confirm how many suppliers had received the letters.