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Ethical supply chain management, human rights and due diligence

We require our suppliers to comply with recognised ILO conventions and human rights

It is our responsibility to ensure that our suppliers maintain high employee welfare standards.

Wherever we trade, or whoever it is with, across value chains and national borders, we have an obligation to prevent violation of human rights and employee rights, ensure good environmental conditions, and fulfil product traceability requirements.  

Risks and opportunities 

Our risk analysis is based on official assessments (Human Development Index, Environmental Index and Corruption Index) and divides our suppliers are divided into high, medium and low-risk groups, depending on which country the products are manufactured in, so that differentiated documentation requirements can be set. Our own risk analysis is updated with BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) assessments. The greatest risks are defined as knock-out points, which are child labour, employee rights, safety and the environment. 

In our supply chain management, Royal Greenland focuses on suppliers from high-risk countries, many of which are audited in accordance with the SMETA standard. We wish to continuously improve our suppliers' performance by requiring more of our suppliers to undergo a SMETA audit.  

Actions and results 2022 

The Supplier Code of Conduct has been updated to match Royal Greenland's policy for recruitment of migrant employees, and requirement for third-party auditing (SMETA) of fish and shellfish suppliers from high-risk countries. Requirements have also been introduced for policies and strategies to reduce the climate impact on the surrounding environment. 

Goals and achievement of the goals 2019-2022 


  • Fulfilment of Royal Greenland's supply chain management system and required third-party auditing of raw material and end-product suppliers from high-risk countries, as a minimum every second year. 

Achievement of the goal:  

In the last five years we have had close to a 100% response from and approval of suppliers from medium-risk and high-risk countries. The requirement for third-party audits has been launched, and many suppliers of raw materials and end-products from high-risk countries are SMETA-audited. 

Ambition for 2030: 

  • Fulfilment of Royal Greenland's supply chain management system and third-party audits of raw material and end-product suppliers, and ingredient and packaging suppliers, from high-risk countries, as a minimum every second year. 

See also

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