Human Rights

Iceland has contributed to the revised GLA Supermarket protocol and has communicated it to its suppliers.

You can read our Modern Slavery Statement here


Iceland expects all suppliers to be working towards and complying with “The ETI Base Code” in addition to any labour laws where the site/supplier is located in the world.

The base code is derived from International Labour Organisation (ILO) core conventions and covers the below 9 key areas:

  • Employment is freely chosen
  • Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining is respected
  • Working conditions are safe and hygienic
  • Child labour shall not be used
  • Living wages are paid
  • Working hours are not excessive
  • No discrimination is practised
  • Regular employment is provided
  • No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed

Iceland is a member of SEDEX, one of the world’s leading online platforms used to manage responsible and sustainable business practices, and responsible sourcing. This supports the oversight and improvement of working conditions in global supply chains.

The business aims to ensure that the working conditions of people, working for and within the supply base, meet relevant international standards. All suppliers and manufacturing sites producing for Iceland must register on SEDEX and make provision that they are linked on the system and visible to the correct Iceland contact, to be able to share information with Iceland in the appropriate manner. This includes completing all self-assessment questionnaires and ensuring that any associated audits that are required are in place and up to date.

Iceland is a signatory to the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) standard and has worked closely with the GLA since it was established in 2005 to stamp out worker exploitation and rogue gangmasters and agency providers in the agriculture and shellfish industries.