MOSCOW, July 13. /TASS/. Deputy Chairman of the state Duma, the head of the Federal monitoring group “Fair price” Irina Yarovaya has submitted a request to the Prosecutor General with a request to check the legality of the actions of the retailer Auchan, which has announced its intention to conduct a special audit of suppliers. This was reported TASS the press service of the Spring.
Earlier, Auchan announced that from 1 January 2018 to conduct a social audit of the suppliers that work in Russia. Such an audit the company is already working in other countries. Social audit will conduct 9 audit companies whose experts will analyze supplier performance in four areas: the use of child labor and disciplinary practices, standard working time and remuneration, workplace safety and General working conditions. If the provider does not pass the audit, “Auchan” will temporarily suspend the cooperation with such companies. They will be given three months on elimination of shortcomings, after which the cooperation will continue.
“The trading network actually assumes the functions of control, creating additional conditions for discrimination of certain suppliers of food products and for violations of Russian legislation on commercial secret. Actually it is a forced pay-commercial audit”, – is spoken in the Spring to request the Prosecutor General of Russia Yuri Chaika (a copy is at the disposal of TASS).
International practice suggests that “the use of social audit is the sole form of internal corporate controls and in any case not be used as a tool of expansion and control over other organizations,” says the request.
The Deputy asked the Prosecutor General to carry out an inspection on this fact, to give a legal assessment of the intentions of the “Auchan” to ensure the protection of rights and interests of Russian producers.