The member companies of United Nordic contract suppliers worldwide to produce a vast number of privately branded items. The suppliers are selected through a qualifying process taking into account product quality and safety aspects, management systems and respect for human rights and workers’ rights of the employees producing the goods. Read more about formal supplier requirements of suppliers and products here.
United Nordic has a Code of Conduct outlining social compliance requirements for suppliers, i.e. respect for human rights and labour rights. The basis for corporate social responsibility for human rights is laid down by United Nations through the policy framework ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’, and the accompanied ‘Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’. Essentially, suppliers are required to map the risks of violating human rights and labour rights throughout the entire supply chain, followed by mitigating and remedying these risks with adequate actions.
Furthermore, Tuko Logistics, Unil and Axfood are participants of BSCI and consequently have adopted the BSCI Code of Conduct. Unil/Norgesgruppen is in addition a member of the Norwegian Initiative for Ethical Trade – IEH. Dagrofa, in turn, is a member of the Danish Initiative for Ethical Trade – DIEH . Axfood is also a signatory of UN Global Compact.
The role of United Nordic is to coordinate the activities involving social compliance of suppliers.