This report details the actions taken by Lidl Great Britain Limited to ensure ongoing compliance with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP), which came into force on 4th February 2010.
This document also gives account, for the Company’s last full financial year (FY 20/21), of any allegations or disputes that were raised by Suppliers, the level at which they were raised and resolved.
Actions undertaken prior to commencement of GCSOP:
In conjunction with external solicitors:
Review of 2020-2021
In-house compliance measures:
Grocery Code Adjudicator (GCA) Visit 26.03.20:
Lidl GB invited the GCA again this year to speak privately with Lidl’s Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Commercial Officer, and to present to Lidl GB’s senior buyers and key stakeholders from other supplier-facing departments. The visit was conducted remotely via video conference due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The meeting and presentation were well received and ensured Code compliance continues to have a high profile at Lidl GB.
Separate introductory meetings have taken place between the new GCA, Mark White, and the CCO, the CFO, and CEO remotely via video conference between September and November 2020.
The CCO is further planning on inviting the GCA to visit Lidl later in the year when Lidl will have moved Head Office locations.
The CCO worked to develop a GSCOP e-learning for Lidl’s Buying team with Lidl’s Learning & Development team and an external training development company. This launched on 01.09.2020 and replaced the face-to-face annual GSCOP refresher training. All Lidl buyers and buying coordinators (87 employees at the end of the reporting period) completed the e-learning in the months following the launch. The e-learning is also assigned to new starters in the Buying team.
The e-learning is complemented by quarterly ‘GSCOP Updates’ meetings, which the CCO introduced in November 2020, and which allow the CCO to share GCA news and guidance, inform the Buying team of any updates to internal GSCOP processes, and use the opportunity to review recent supplier complaints to ensure learnings can be drawn.
Internal Review of Policies:
Over the past year, Lidl GB has undertaken the following actions:
No disputes have been raised to the CCO under Articles 11(2) or 11(3) of the Groceries (Supply Chain Practices) Market Investigation Order 2009.
Listed below are the instances in which a supplier has escalated a concern that is within the scope of the Code or the Order: