In August 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed RSPB's website for the charity's supply chain management policy.
The following document was found: RSPB Ethical and Environmental Procurement Policy.
Supply chain policy (rudimentary)
The document stated "Suppliers must agree to the labour standards outlined in our ethical trading document for all products supplied. These standards are based on the Ethical Trade Initiative base code."
The document contained adequate clauses on forced labour, freedom of association, discrimination and living wages however it did not contain adequate clauses on child labour or working hours.
While it had a provision banning the employment of "any new child labour" it did not define the age at which a labourer was considered to be a child.
It also had a provision on working hours however the overtime was qualified by the it stated that it "should not be regualrly required".
Overall RSPB was considered to have a rudimentary approach to its supply chain policy.
Stakeholder engagement (poor)
The RSPB did not appear to be a member of a multi-stakeholder initiative or verifiying its supply chain through a third party.
Auditing and reporting (poor)
The RSPB did not report on how it monitored or audited its supply chain
Difficult issues (poor)
The RSPB did not appear to be addressing any difficult issues found within supply chains such as purchasing practices.
RSPB Sales Ltd was a trading subsidiary of the charity RSPB. In 2017 it had a turnover of £29m. It was therefore considered to be a medium size organisation. Overall it received a middle Ethical Consumer rating for its supply chain management policy.
RSPB Ethical and Environmental Procurement Policy (15 August 2018)