In August 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed Oxfam's Ethical and Environmental Policy, dated July 2018.
It stated, "Oxfam GB takes responsibility for and is committed to managing the labour and environmental standards in its operations and supply chains."
Supply chain policy (good)
Ethical Consumer considered Oxfam to have a good supply chain policy due to the fact it had adequate clauses on all six of the International Labour Organisation's conventions: working hours, living wages, child labour, forced labour, freedom of association and employment free from discrimination.
Stakeholder engagement (rudimentary)
Oxfam was a member of the multi-stakeholder initiative, the Ethical Trade Initiative. In response to a questionnaire sent to Oxfam it stated "Almost all food products are Fairtrade or WFTO certified (small exception made for some food lines made using waste food products) In addition to this preference is given to leading Fairtrade suppliers whose business models give more power to workers 80% of our food sales come from these suppliers (Traidcraft, Divine, Café Direct, Tropical Wholefoods, Zaytoun)."
Due to the work Oxfam did supporting third party certification schemes in particular Fairtrade it was considered to have a reasonable approach to stakeholder engagement.
Auditing and reporting (poor)
Oxfam stated, "Oxfam GB will establish key prioritised risk based performance indicators and put in place monitoring systems to measure performance against the implementation requirements of this policy." However no details were given regarding its auditing schedule or details of audit results. As a result it was considered to have a poor approach to auditing and reporting.
Difficult issues (good)
Oxfam had worked with many of its suppliers for a long time - helping them to build sucessful businesses and reinvesting 100% of the profits back to people enabling them to overcome poverty. It stated "Oxfam shops pioneered the idea of fair trade back in the 1960s. Paying people a fair and decent price for the goods they produce, and giving workers a say in the future of their company."
Ethical Consumer considered Oxfam to have a good apporach to difficult issues within supply chains.
Questionnaire (29 August 2018)