This report details the actions taken by Lidl UK GmbH to ensure ongoing compliance with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice, which came into force on 4th February 2010.
This document also gives account, for the Company’s last full financial year (FY 17/18), 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:
All existing Terms and Conditions checked for compliance with the Code.
Reference to GSCOP made in relation to all existing contracts.
In-house compliance measures:
Sophie Wettlaufer has been appointed as Code Compliance Officer (CCO) in line with Article 9(1) of the Groceries (Supply Chain Practices) Market Investigation Order 2009 on 03.11.2017.
Review of 2017-2018
In house compliance measures:
GCA Visit 14.03.18:
The CCO invited the GCA and her team to its Head Office on 14.03.18 for a meeting with its CEO, Commercial Board Director and Head of CSR & Communications and to hold a presentation for Lidl’s Senior Buying team in order to raise awareness of the importance of the GSCOP in building long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with our suppliers.
Annual refresher training for Buyers and relevant members of Supply Chain, Logistics, Accounts, Artwork & Design, and Buying Administration was carried out by the CCO on 14.03.18, 29.03.18, 05.04.18, 19.04.18 and 03.05.18. Training for Lidl’s regional Supply Chain and Logistics employees was carried out on 07.06.18, 14.06.18 and 20.06.18.
A total of 107 members of staff (of which 41 Buyers) have received training to date.
Internal Review of Policies:
In response to supplier feedback communicated to Lidl by the GCA, the CCO initiated a review into Lidl’s arrangement with its central haulage hub, raised GSCOP awareness with its International HQ and introduced additional processes to monitor payment performance and escalate GSCOP concerns.
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.
GSCOP Code Compliance Officer
Lidl UK GmbH