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5 April 2013 | Anna Reynolds
Sedex is a global database for companies to store and share ethical data about their suppliers with one another, including self-assessments and vendor audits. Joining the database will help to drive improvements in labour standards, health and safety, the environment and bribery and corruption.
Inger Larsson, sustainability director of Findus Sweden, said: “Sedex tools will support us in auditing ethical and health and safety aspects in our supply chains. We welcome this support to further drive transparency and trust in the food business.”
Carmel Giblin, CEO of Sedex, warned many companies are tempted to take the “easy option” and engage only with their first tier of suppliers: “While this is an important step, you must engage with suppliers all the way down the supply chain to truly manage risk.”
In February the food manufacturer recalled a lasagne ready meal after analysis revealed it contained horse meat. The Swedish firm has since said it has initiated legal action against its supplier and subcontractors for breach of contract.
Giblin identified one of the main reasons why companies are reluctant to engage with their whole supply chain is the administrative burden. “Our members want to spend less time managing data and calling suppliers and more time reviewing that valuable data and making improvements,” she said.