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40 SUPPLY CHAIN HUMAN RIGHTS    Supporting Women in our Supply Chains We know that women play a crucial role within our food supply chains and understand that women can be more vulnerable to human rights violations, violence and abuse. In 2020 Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland signed the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). The WEPs are a collaborative initiative between UN Women and the UN Global Compact. It is the first global initiative which aims to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality within businesses and their supply chains. UN Women’s Empowerment Principles: 1. Establishhigh-levelcorporateleadershipforgenderequality 2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination 3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers 4. Promote education, training and professional development for women 5. Implemententerprisedevelopment,supplychainandmarketingpracticesthat empower women 6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy 7. Measureandpubliclyreportonprogresstoachievegenderequality. Rights Holders We take an active role in driving a more sustainable supply chain and encourage ethical production methods, focusing on rights-holders. We recognise that, despite the fact that women and smallholder farmers play a vital role within many of our agricultural and textile supply chains, they often experience country or sector specific challenges that can lead to greater vulnerability to human rights violations. We are also committed to supporting rights-holders to increase their resilience and prosperity. To develop these approaches and projects, we work with external stakeholders including civil society organisations, NGOs and trade unions. Our programmes in high risk supply chains are developed and implemented in close collaboration with expert partners such as Fairtrade, CARE, UTZ, Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and GIZ (German Association for International Cooperation). Working with our Non-food Suppliers · We have been a member of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) since 2007, committing us to improving working conditions for people employed in our non-food supply chains. · Since2008,wehavealsofocusedongoing‘beyondcompliance’inBangladesh, working in partnership with GIZ to provide dedicated training programmes for production facilities to support compliance with international labour standards. · We are a member of the Bangladesh Accord, which is an independent, legally- binding agreement between brands and trade unions designed to work towards a safe and healthy Bangladeshi ready-made garment industry. · We are also part of the Action Collaboration Transformation (ACT) initiative. ACT is an agreement between global brands, retailers, unions and governments which aims to secure living wages for workers in clothing, textile and shoe industries. Through this declaration we are confirming our commitment to responsible sourcing by focusing on collaboration with key stakeholders to address systemic challenges, leverage change and in turn increasing the number of suppliers covered by long-term commercial agreements.    RESOURCES Protection of Ecosystems Animal Welfare Standards Environmental Protection: Supply Chain SUPPLY CHAIN Employment Related Supplier & Market Human Rights Development Corporate Environmental Management OPERATIONS Employee Responsibility Responsible Products CUSTOMER Transparency Social Value Responsible at Point of Sale Creation Communication     

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