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Vietnamese Prawn Human Rights Impact Assessment Action Plan

Vietnamese Prawn Human Rights Impact Assessment Action Plan - December 2021

Following the independent Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) of Tesco’s prawn supply chain in Vietnam completed in February 2021, Tesco and its suppliers have developed a time-bound action plan based on the report’s recommendations. Both the HRIA report and the action plan has been communicated and agreed with all key in-country supply chain actors.

HRIA Recommendations (see HRIA report for details)

Our commentary

Actions taken


Extend scope to feed inputs

Tesco and its suppliers continue to work at an industry level to improve both the sustainability and transparency of feed inputs.

· Tesco has released the updated policy ‘Tesco Seafood Sourcing Requirements’ in consultation with suppliers, available to suppliers and Tesco colleagues.

· Suppliers to build on existing mapping of feed input and assess key human rights risks and mitigation.


Subcontractor management

The reliance on subcontracted labour, especially for harvesting, has significantly reduced. Sub-contracted labour is included in the scope of annual ethical audits, supplier policies as well as broader Human Rights Due Diligence.

· Investigate the root causes of using subcontracted labour.

· Suppliers to ensure subcontracted labour continues to be included in the scope of annual ethical audits as well as broader Human Rights Due Diligence.


Promoting gender equality

Gender is a key focus of Tesco’s Human Rights strategy and Tesco has committed to:

· Supporting suppliers to develop workplace policies to tackle gender-based harassment and violence and implement training and support programmes on sexual harassment and discrimination.

·  Encouraging direct suppliers towards the ambition for at least 30% of supervisory roles to be occupied by women by the end of 2025. 

· Suppliers to ensure, via direct worker engagement, that policies to prevent sexual harassment and discrimination are understood by new workers and refresher training given to current workers.

· Suppliers to map the number of women in supervisory roles and develop a time-bound action plan to meet our ambition for 30% of roles to be occupied by women.

· Suppliers to explore the introduction and promotion of shared parental leave entitlements.


Q2 2022

Strengthen communication and purchasing commitments.

Tesco recognises the way in which we do business can inadvertently affect workers in our supply chains. 

Our human rights strategy includes a focus on the integration of human rights considerations into purchasing practices, including tackling any unfair trading practices.

· Tesco to review how to provide greater certainty to all supply chain actors regarding future volumes.

· Tesco to maintain direct communication with suppliers, ensuring that any changes to volume and planning are communicated adequately in advance.



Harmonising standards and expectations.

Tesco’s Human Rights policy clearly stipulates an expectation that all suppliers adhere to the ETI Base code.

However, we recognise that there are gaps between the Vietnamese Labour Code and the ETI Base code that could create confusion for suppliers.

· Tesco to review the Vietnamese Labour Code and consider the potential gaps and impacts when compared to Tesco’s Human Rights Policy

· Areas of difference discussed with suppliers and clear commitments on Tesco requirements agreed.




Introducing a living wage.

Sustainable Livelihoods is a key focus of Tesco’s Human Rights strategy.

We have identified key product areas our strategy will focus on in the near term, however prawns are currently not within this scope.

· Tesco to periodically review key products and ingredients prioritised within Tesco’s Sustainable Livelihoods Strategy.

· Tesco to continue to collect basic wage data of Vietnamese sites through the Sedex Self-Assessment Questionnaire and ensure that Sustainable Livelihoods is included within supplier-led Human Rights Due Diligence.


Improving age verification policies and procedures.

Age verification processes are in place across all sites, this also covers sub-contracted labour. Age verification processes are monitored via ethical audits.

· Tesco has ensured suppliers disseminate policies to direct and subcontractor workers.

· Suppliers to ensure the age verification processes are consistent across directly employed and sub-contracted labour including the submission of personal documents, with copies retained on file.



Worker driven social responsibility.

Worker Representation is a key focus of Tesco’s Human Rights strategy.

Tesco and Hilton Food Group are supporting a 3-year PhD research project at Herriot Watt University into social responsibility in the seafood sector and the impact of social responsibility programmes on workers.

Tesco is an active member of the Seafood Ethics Action Alliance (SEAA) which includes a focus on improving grievance mechanisms in the fishing sector.

Hilton Food Group is also on the board of the Global Responsible Fishing Vessel Scheme, and Westbridge is a member of the Shrimp Sustainable Supply Chain Task Force - both initiatives have a focus on improving worker voice in the seafood sector.

· Tesco and suppliers to continue to review the outputs of the SEAA workstreams on worker voice.

· The PhD research continues with support and guidance from Tesco and suppliers with the initial output from the first-year studies due Q1 2022.