Our policies

ASDA Stores Ltd
Summary of GSCOP Annual Compliance Report 2012

On 4 February 2010, a new regulation called The Groceries (Supply Chain Practices) Market Investigation Order 2009 (let’s call it the “Order”) came into force.

It implemented something called the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (let’s call that the “Code”) which applies to certain grocery retailers, including us – Asda – in our dealings with suppliers.

As part of our compliance with this Order, we’re required to submit an annual compliance report to the Office of Fair Trading (“OFT”) to detail our compliance with the Code, any alleged breaches of Code and any disputes with suppliers. We’re also required to post this notice on our website.

We’re pleased to say we delivered our second report, covering the period from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012, to the OFT on 30 April 2013.

During the reporting period, we took several steps to achieve compliance.

These included sending out letters to new grocery suppliers explaining their rights under GSCOP and providing comprehensive training on the Code to all members of our buying team. That’s involved training for all new members of the buying team and annual refresher training via computer based learning.

We received a small number of alleged breaches of the Code during the reporting period. All of these have been resolved or withdrawn. We’re pleased to say that because, in our view, of the effective way that we work with suppliers to deal with their concerns, there have been no instances of a supplier escalating their concern to Asda’s Code Compliance Officer directly to raise a dispute (as defined in Article 11(2) and (3) of the Order). Nor have there been any instances of disputes referred to arbitration (as set out in Article 11 of the Order).

Compliance with the Order and Code is really important to Asda, and we will continue to take steps to achieve compliance to the fullest degree.

If you would like to find out more about the Groceries Supply Code of Practice, you can do so at www.competition-commission.org.uk.

Summary of GSCOP Annual Compliance Report 2010-2011

Posted in Our policies on 01 May 2013
About Asda

In October last year the Welsh Assembly Government introduced legislation that required retailers to charge 5p for single use bags to reduce bag usage in Wales.

Since then we’ve been working really hard with customers to comply with the new rules.

As well as working to reduce bag usage in Wales we decided to donate all the 5p’s charged for single use bags (after VAT) to local charities in Wales. Colleagues from each store chose which charities to support.

The Welsh Government requires that we report our bag usage for the first period of the charge. We are pleased to report that not only have our customers used fewer bags for their shopping, they have also supported some fantastic causes in their local communities with the money raised from the sale of carrier bags.

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Posted in About Asda on 23 May 2012
Our policies

At Asda we’re always striving to work in the most responsible way possible and that means reducing wherever we can any negative impact we might have on the people and environment around us.

We’ve set out a number of policies which guide how we operate:

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Posted in Our policies on 30 April 2012
Sustainability | Healthier Products

We know you want to be able to choose products that are the healthier option for you and your family.

That’s why we’re always working to find new ways to make our products better for you. Whether that’s cutting out the nasties like artificial flavours and colours, or just making it easier to find the products you’re after.

Here’s a few of the things we’ve been working on:

Cutting back on pesticides

We’re trying to cut out the number of pesticides used in growing our products. We’re working with organisations like LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) to reduce the use of chemical pesticides. We’re also exploring other more natural ways to keep pests under control, like using ladybirds to combat the spread of insects on our cabbage crops. This means we can provide a great range of pesticide-free products, like our Good Natured fruit and veg to enjoy.

09 December 2011
Sustainability | Local Sourcing

At Asda, we’re committed to working with local suppliers. This helps our local communities while bringing you a fresh and tasty product.

Our range of local produce includes award winning regional meats, local delicacies, cheeses, yoghurts, sausages, pickles, ice cream, cakes and beer.

We think it’s important that we help out local businesses, while still being able to bring you the best quality products at everyday low prices.

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21 February 2011