In Alko we systematically collect background information about products and organize social audits. Development of responsible purchasing was started in Alko already in 2008 and an important part is coordination with the other Nordic alcohol monopolies: Systembolaget in Sweden, Vinmonopolet in Norway and the monopolies of Iceland and Faroe Islands.
Our social audits focus on the s.c. risk countries of alcohol beverage production where legislation and/or its enforcement are not always up to the standard of international agreements and thus the position of workers is less than adequate. Agriculture, viticulture included, is a challenging sector in these countries due to e.g. use of seasonal and migrant workforce.Our objective is to make sure that also in risk countries all producers in our supply chain at a minimum comply with national legislation or the international labor-related treaties, depending on which one grants workers a better position.
As of 2012 all Alko’s suppliers have been obliged to commit to responsible and ethical practices as a part of purchasing terms and conditions. This applies to wines, spirits, beers and other products. Social audits are arranged at all kinds of producers in addition to beverage sector, e.g. the Turkish producers of t-shirts worn by shop personnel were audited in 2014 before supplier selection.