Safeguarding fundamental human rights in the supply chain

  • Food and beverage products
  • Meal services
  • Human Rights


Requirements and Criteria Type: 
  • Contract Terms

Main Objective: 

The main purpose is to ensure that products are produced under working conditions that respect fuundamental human rights for the workers.  

Requirement Specification: 

Difi and Ethical Trade Norway has recently published revised contract terms for human rights in global supply chains. The contract terms is avaialble in Norwegian, and will be available in English by the end of 2019. 

Information about the Requirement Specification: 

If the products/components you shall procure involves a risk of breaches on human rights in the supply chain, it shall be considered whether it is proportional to stipulate ethical requirements. In the supply chain of several food and drinks products, for instance coffee, tea, cocoa, tropical fruit and others, there have been shown to be a risk of breaches on basic human rights.

When doing follow-up on the criteria, and using self-assessment and/or follow-up meetings, it is recommended to request information about a few selected products/components. Choose products/components where there is a high risk for breaches on human rights. You can read more about food and drinks products where the production process involves a risk of breaches on fundamental human rights in Difi’s list of high risk products.

After you have received the supplier’s answers on the self-assessment questionnaire, you can use Difi’s risk assessment tool for ethical requirements when considering the answers.

The contract performance clauses are developed by Difi and Ethical Trading Norway (ETI Norway) and is a revised version of the 2016 version. The contract performance clauses can be used also when procuring other types of categories. 

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Published: 18. Mar 2019, Last modified: 14. Nov 2019