All suppliers

Legal Requirements
Generally, suppliers to United Nordic must comply with all applicable European laws and regulations related to the specific product group(s) that the United Nordic member companies procure.

Human Rights & Labor Rights
Ref. United Nordic Code of Conduct 2015-04-22

A) All suppliers must sign United Nordic’s Code of Conduct, and do all in their power to achieve our standards. The United Nordic Code of Conduct is a part of the United Nordic Framework Agreement.

B) Suppliers are required to map the risks of violating human rights and workers’ rights through-out the entire supply chain, followed by mitigating and remedying these risks with adequate actions.

C) Top management of our suppliers shall define and implement a management system to ensure that the requirements of the Code can be met.

D) Suppliers with production located in risk countries*, must also sign Amfori BSCI’s Terms of Implementation either ”for producers to be monitored” or ”for partners not to be monitored” depending on if the supplier has its own production in a risk-country or use sub-suppliers.

E) Relevant suppliers and their sub-suppliers shall be covered by social audits (BSCI, SA8000, SMETA, Fair for Life etc). Axfood also accepts suppliers with efficient collective bargaining agreements with recognized trade unions.

*) Risk countries according to definition by Amfori BSCI; Business for Social Compliance Initiative

Read more about Responsibility here.

Use of Resources and Impact on Local Community
Ref. United Nordic Code of Conduct 2015-04-22

The supplier shall assess its significant impacts on the environment and local community and take necessary actions to minimize its negative effects (CoC 11.1)

Product Fraud
The supplier shall have systems in place to minimize the risk of purchasing fraudulent and adulterated raw materials, semi-finished or finished goods.

A documented vulnerability assessment shall be carried out on all food raw materials, semi-finished or finished goods to assess the potential risk of adulteration or substitution. This shall take into account

  • Historical evidence of substitution or adulteration
  • Economic factors which may make the substitution or adulteration attractive

The vulnerability assessment shall be kept under review to reflect changing economic circumstances and market intelligence which may alter the potential risk.

Food Suppliers

A) Suppliers of food shall fulfill the requirements laid down by the Global Food Safety Initiative and provide valid certificates. Dagrofa and Unil also accept ISO 22000.
GFSI food safety standards can be found at mygfsi.com

B) Food suppliers are obliged to reduce the risk of contamination with allergens and present evidence that traces cannot be completely avoided, if traces of allergens must be declared.

Pet-Food Suppliers

Suppliers of pet-food shall fulfill the requirements laid down by the Global Food Safety Initiative and provide valid certificates. Dagrofa and Unil also accept ISO 22000.
GFSI food safety standards can be found at www.mygfsi.com

Suppliers of Food of Animal Origin

Re meat from cow, pig, lamb, chicken

A) Animal welfare shall be accommodated through-out the supply chain in the manufacturing of products of animal origin.

B) The animals shall be healthy and be provided good care and a proper animal housing environment

C) The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare must be respected

D) All animals shall be stunned before slaughter

E) Antibiotics given to animals shall be restricted and wisely used. The use of antibiotics as a preventive measure during animal breeding is not accepted.

Ref. United Nordic Code of Conduct 2015-04-22

Suppliers of Processed Meat

Suppliers of processed meat must be able to print country of breeding on packaging.

Suppliers of Personal Hygiene Products / Cosmetics

A) Suppliers of personal hygiene products shall fulfill the requirements of ISO 22716 + ISO 90001 or BRC for Consumer Products IFS/HPC, and provide valid certificates.

Suppliers of Household Cleaning Chemicals and other chemicals

A) Suppliers of household cleaning chemicals and other chemicals shall fulfill the requirements of ISO 9001 or BRC Global Standard for Consumer Products, and provide valid certificates. Safety assessment of products will be verified by an external competent party.

B) Suppliers of all chemicals must, be able to generate material safety data sheets in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, and English languages.

Suppliers of Food Contact Material

E.g. alu film/tray, cling film, baking paper, pizza carton, Styrofoam tray etc

Suppliers of food contact materials shall fulfill the requirements of ISO 9001 or the BRC Standard for Consumer Products or the BRC Standard for Packaging Materials, and provide valid certificates.

Suppliers of Personal Care

E.g. cotton buds/pads, diapers, feminine protection etc

Suppliers of personal care items shall fulfill the requirements of ISO 9001 or the BRC Standard for Consumer Products, and provide valid certificates.

Suppliers of Tissue Products

E.g. kitchen and toilet paper

Suppliers of tissue products shall fulfill the requirements of ISO 9001 or the BRC Global standard for Consumer Products, and provide valid certificates.                    

Suppliers of Home Cleaning Appliance

E.g. wash sponges, cloths etc

Suppliers of home cleaning appliance shall fulfill the requirements of ISO 9001 or the BRC Standard for Consumer Products, and provide valid certificates.

Suppliers of Candles & Related

Suppliers of candles and related items shall fulfill the requirements of ISO 9001 or the BRC Standard for Consumer Products, and provide valid certificates.