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29 June 2012|News,Supermarkets

Report turns spotlight on supermarket social responsibilities


Major findings into the corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies of the 10 largest UK supermarket chains have been published today after an investigation.

The report, which for the first time looks at how retail CSR programmes are impacting on UK farmers and growers, reveals that most of the major chains have sourcing policies that promote British produce while several retailers have also pledged to ramp up UK sourcing.

However, it also highlights areas where the big names could develop their commitments to the benefit of both the retailer and the farmer.

NFU director of corporate affairs Tom Hind said many retailers were starting to highlight British agriculture and horticulture as key features of their CSR programmes.

“Having good relationships with the UK’s grocery retailers is critical to the success of British agriculture and horticulture,” he added.

“Over recent years, many retailers have sought closer relationships with farmers and growers. They have developed standards to meet the expectations of groups of consumers, set up dedicated pools in some sectors and sought to champion UK and local sourcing.

“In our study we highlight both the positives and the negatives of the different approaches so as to encourage the take-up of best practice more widely across the industry. We’ve seen some great examples of retailers really pushing UK sourcing, others that are working closely with farmers and growers in terms of environmental concerns and even some retailers that are investing in research and development.

“Nevertheless, there remains broad scope to develop commitments that would help farmers and retailers overcome the significant challenges they faced. All of the retailers we looked at could do more to establish clear baselines and targets that can be measured on policies such as sourcing. All could do more to highlight the role of Red Tractor Assurance schemes. And all could do more to strengthen relationships with farmers across all sectors.

“The NFU firmly believes that having strong credentials in favour of UK agriculture and British sourcing places retailers in a better position to address some of big issues that both they and farmers face: meeting consumer demand for high quality, affordable food, responding to climate change and other environmental pressures and investing for future competitiveness.”

Research from the IGD and others has shown that consumers are increasingly looking for British, seasonal and local food. Public concerns about buying power lead many people to demand that big businesses adopt more responsible commercial policies. And stronger, more trusting relationships will not only help address consumer concerns about animal welfare or the environment, but also ensure that and create a climate in which businesses are more confident about investing.

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