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In March 2020, Ethical Consumer searched Green People's website for information about how it managed workers' rights in its supply chain.

The company mentioned that many of its products were certified by the Soil Association, the Organic Food Federation or EcoCert. It stated "At the time of writing Green People have 140 products of which almost 90% are certified by one or more of the certification bodies mentioned above."

Organic standards include some clauses on workers' rights, such as no forced labour, so this was considered a positive step, but not enough in itself to allow an exemption in this category.

The company also stated "All of our products are made either in the UK, or in a family owned and run manufacturing facility in Scandinavia. Ingredients are certified organic wherever possible, a condition of which is that growers and producers get a fair price for their produce.

In the case of non-organic ingredients these are obtained from European manufacturers. In the case of ingredients from the Third World, we try to source ingredients that are from projects that support the local community.

Examples include Cupuaçu butter which is sustainably wild-harvested by indigenous people in the Amazon rain forest, Shea butter which is produced by a women’s collective in Northern Ghana, Rose Geranium essential oil which is distilled from plants that are specially grown by a group of native smallholders in South Africa and Sesame seed oil which is grown by a workers co-operative in Ecuador.y."

Although no details could be found regarding a strict supply chain management policy, because company had a turnover under £10.2m and had demonstrated a commitment to social sustainability in its supply chain, it was awarded Ethical Consumer's best rating for Supply Chain Management.

Reference: (2020)