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We follow ethical, environmental and social principles in our supply chains.
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Sourcing Responsibly

We consider suppliers to be true business partners, seeking to go far beyond traditional customer/supplier relationships. Our suppliers are vital elements in building the value proposition of our brands and banners.

Sustainable Sourcing Policy Principles

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Our Priorities

Fighting Deforestation

We strive to ensure that the commodities used in our products are of a sustainable origin.


We incorporate social and environmental concerns in product and packaging development.


Whenever possible, we favour long-lasting relationships with local suppliers.


We have defined a sustainable fishing strategy to reduce our impact on ecosystems.


We feed our animals quality food and endeavour to improve animal welfare.

Supplier Code of Conduct

Our Supplier Code of Conduct establishes the ethical principles and values that we believe our suppliers should share with us and that impact the quality and safety of the products made available to our customers.

We seek to collectively contribute to eradicating forced labour – as defined by the International Labour Organization – across our banners’ supply chains and ensure that forced labour is not used in our operations. To this end, we support the Resolution of The Consumer Goods Forum and its Priority Principles: every worker should have freedom of movement; no worker should pay and/or be indebted to have a job or coerced to work.

Supplier Audits

We regularly audit our Private Brand and perishables suppliers to assess and follow up on the management and control of processes, implemented quality systems, and product formulation. The audits we carry out with internal teams and with the help of independent external auditors covers aspects such as quality and food safety, and environmental, labour and social criteria, among other elements.

We are also committed to conducting environmental audits of at least 20% of Private Brand and perishables suppliers with a purchase volume of over 1.1 million euros in 2021-2023.

We also favour relationships with suppliers who have Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognised food safety certification.

Supplier Awareness and Training

We endeavour to raise awareness of and train our business partners through programmes and initiatives focusing on quality, food safety, and sustainable development, strengthening our relationship, especially in areas where cooperation can be improved and in the development of innovative products. In 2021, our perishables suppliers attended training sessions on topics such as food safety, animal welfare and the European Commission’s Farm to Fork strategy.

Since 2013, we have been working with fruit and vegetable suppliers in Portugal to promote good farming practices. Learn more here.

Independent Verification

Information related to new suppliers selected based on environmental and social criteria, negative social impacts on the supply chain and actions taken, assessment of the health and safety impacts of products, the number of audits conducted of Private Brand and perishables suppliers, and of service providers was confirmed by an external and independent entity for the Group’s 2021 Annual Report.