E.LECLERC stores have a long-standing ambition: to offer great prices without compromising on product quality. This is why SIPLEC is extra demanding when selecting and monitoring manufacturers. From the outset, we set clear expectations for our suppliers and expect them to stick exactly to the detailed product specifications set out in our manufacturing contracts.
We also monitor our suppliers to check that they comply with our high social and ethical standards. When purchasing abroad, SIPLEC acts responsibly and sustainably, in line with the group’s policy of Corporate Social Responsibility. We focus on:
- respect for individual rights and dignity
- protection of the environment
- promotion of sustainable growth
Between two projects of similar quality, we always choose what’s best for people and the planet. SIPLEC always deals directly with manufacturers, processors and packers, refusing any kind of intermediation services. This direct approach allows us to ensure that our suppliers are operating to the highest ethical standards.
SIPLEC seeks to build fair and lasting relationships with suppliers – and rejects shortsighted opportunism. In return, they enjoy the assurance of a long-term, profitable relationship with the entire E.LECLERC distribution network – and the consumers themselves. In 2015, 76% of SIPLEC’s business was with producers we’d worked with for at least 3 years.
SIPLEC’s Code of Ethics
SIPLEC requires our suppliers to adopt the rules of conduct spelled out in our Code of Ethics and sometimes to participate in action plans for the improvement of working conditions or environmental performance. Since 1996, our ethical policy sets rules for ourselves and our suppliers in specific areas:
- Ethics commitments
- Environmental protection
- Child labor
- Forced labor
- Employee safety and working conditions
- Freedom of association
- Working hours, wages and benefits
- Intellectual property and counterfeiting
- Consumer health and safety
- Fair practices
- Control of SIPLEC Ethics commitments
All companies wishing to do business with SIPLEC must first agree to apply these policies and to give access to SIPLEC’s auditors, who may check compliance during the full duration of the contract.
Continuous improvement process
In September 2012, SIPLEC joined Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), uniting 900 companies, retailers and suppliers around the world. The BSCI code of conduct aims to focus on sourcing activities and buying practices in order to demonstrate concrete involvement of suppliers and share audit results. Our membership involves a commitment in a continuous improvement process.