Indicator 2.1

Issue: Corporate commitment to trading integrity with the supply chain

Indicator: Board-level responsibility for trading integrity

Rationale - why is this an important issue?

For trading integrity with primary producers to be a reality rather than an aspiration, it has to be driven by top management and ingrained in the parts of the company which deal with suppliers, notably the buyers.

How the indicator is measured

The main RTTT measure of the integrity of trading relations with UK farming is an opinion survey of farmers and suppliers (Indicator 2.2). But Indicator 1 supplements the survey with a direct question to supermarkets, asking whether they have a board member (or equivalent) with responsibility for the integrity of trading relationships with their suppliers and primary producers in their supply chains, and for details of this responsibility.

Why is this a good indicator?

The indicator explores corporate policy and potential disconnects with buying practice. Claims made in this section will be compared with suppliers’ own experiences (Indicator 2.2).


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