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21 June 2013 | Marino Donati
South African retail group Woolworths has joined the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) to help maintain transparency in its supply chain.
Sedex helps companies manage multi-tiered supply chain risk by providing a platform to exchange information on health and safety, labour standards, the environment, business ethics and other data. Members are able to focus on improving social and environmental impacts of their business by monitoring standards at supplier sites and improve transparency across the supply chain.
Woolworths said that joining Sedex would help it meet the aims of its sustainability programme. “We work closely with our suppliers to maintain the high standards that Woolworths relies on,” said Zyda Rylands, managing director for food at Woolworths.
“Our membership of Sedex will be instrumental in assisting us in maintaining the standards we have set ourselves throughout the supply chain.”
Sedex currently has more than 28,500 global members.