Modern Slavery Requirements

Compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (UK)

Lidl now requires all of its Contractors, in any jurisdiction, to warrant that neither the Contractor nor any of its officers, employees, agents or subcontractors has:

(i) committed an offence under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (a "MSA Offence"); or

(ii) been notified that it is subject to an investigation relating to an alleged MSA Offence or prosecution under the Modern Slavery Act 2015; or

(iii) is aware of any circumstances within its supply chain that could give rise to an investigation relating to an alleged MSA Offence or prosecution under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Lidl’s Contractors must comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and these Modern Slavery Requirements and must notify Lidl immediately in writing if they become aware or have reason to believe that they, or any of their officers, employees, agents or subcontractors have breached or potentially breached any of the obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Breaches of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

Lidl considers any breach of the Modern Slavery Requirements by its Contractors to be a material breach of any agreement between them and Lidl reserves the right to terminate the agreement immediately as a result.

Subcontracting

In instances where Contractors choose to delegate or sub-contract any of their duties or obligations, the contract that the Contractor has with its sub-contractor must include an obligation to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and Lidl’s Modern Slavery Requirements.  Contractors are obliged to ensure that they have the ability to audit their sub-contractors in order to ensure that they are compliant with these Modern Slavery Requirements and the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Reporting

Lidl places its Contractors under an obligation to maintain records relating to the Goods and / or Services that they provide to Lidl as may be necessary to trace the supply chain of such Goods and / or Services in order to enable Lidl to determine the Contractor’s compliance with the Modern Slavery Requirements.

Lidl maintains a right to conduct, or have a third party acting on its behalf conduct, audits of its Contractors' operations, facilities, working conditions, its quality, environmental, ethical, health and safety procedures, and systems in order to ensure that they have the appropriate facilities, procedures, systems, and personnel appropriate to provide Goods / Services in accordance with the Modern Slavery Requirements.

Lidl requires its Contractors to perform appropriate remediation actions to address any issues or failures identified by an audit carried out within timescales which are agreed with Lidl. The nature of the remediation action to be taken may be specified by Lidl and action taken will address any outstanding issues highlighted during the audit.

Contractors are obliged to carry out regular audits to monitor their compliance with the Modern Slavery Requirements.

Contractors are required to prepare and deliver to Lidl, on an annual basis, a slavery and human trafficking report setting out the steps they have taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of their supply chains or in any part of their business.

Training

Lidl requires its Contractors to agree to conduct a programme of annual training for their officers, employees, agents, subcontractors, and other members of their supply chain to ensure compliance with Lidl’s Modern Slavery Requirements and provide documentary evidence to Lidl of such training having been completed on request.

The Contractors must keep a record of all training offered and completed by their officers, employees, agents, subcontractors and other members of their supply chain to ensure compliance with the Modern Slavery Requirements and must make a copy of such records available to Lidl upon Lidl’s request.

Download our Modern Slavery Statement here: