Consumers International Report Evidences Best Practices with the SA8000 Standard
Consumers International’s (CI) report, "Checked Out: Are European Supermarkets Living Up to Their Responsibilities for Labour Conditions in the Developing World?" assesses socially responsible procurement policies and initiatives of leading supermarkets to see if they are making an impact.
CI, the UK-based consumer federation of consumer organizations, found good practices in several supermarkets' policies- such as Coop Italy, Coop Denmark, and Carrefour. As both Coop Italia and Carrefour are represented on SAI's Advisory Board, we were pleased to see Coop Italia evidenced as a good practice, in that it applies “ the SA8000 standard to their purchasing, engage actively with a range of different stakeholder groups and they showed exceptional cooperation with the survey." Also cited was Carrefour's "involvement in stakeholder dialogue at different levels" - an encouraging finding recognizing the usefulness of its efforts, since as an SAI Corporate Program member it is working to engage its suppliers through customized training programs.
Data was collected through six methods: consumer survey; CSR survey; supermarket policies survey; suppliers’ survey; mystery shopping and anonymous inquiries; and assessing supermarket policies.