Communication on Progress

Participant
Published
  • 2013/09/18
Time period
  • October 2012  –  October 2013
Format
  • Stand alone document – Basic COP Template
Differentiation Level
  • This COP qualifies for the Global Compact Active level
Self-assessment
  • Includes a CEO statement of continued support for the UN Global Compact and its ten principles
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Human Rights
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Labour
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Environment
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Anti-Corruption
  • Includes a measurement of outcomes
 
  • Statement of continued support by the Chief Executive Officer
  • Statement of the company's chief executive (CEO or equivalent) expressing continued support for the Global Compact and renewing the company's ongoing commitment to the initiative and its principles.

  • September 15, 2013

    I am pleased to confirm that Blue Moon Ltd., reaffirms its support of the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption.

    In this annual Communication on Progress, we describe our actions to continually improve the integration of the Global Compact and its principles into our business strategy, culture and daily operations.

    We also commit to share this information with our stakeholders using our primary channels of communication.

    Sincerely yours,

    Manal Saleh
    General Manager

Human Rights
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of human rights for the company (i.e. human rights risk-assessment). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on Human Rights.

  • Blue Moon has a written code of conduct that respects human rights and prevents potential abuses.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement Human Rights policies, address Human Rights risks and respond to Human Rights violations.

  • Awareness raising and training of internal and external stakeholders on Human Rights

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates performance.

  • In view of the current situation in Egypt and the increasing difference in political opinions among the internal and external stakeholders, the management held several sessions for counseling on the importance of respecting each others rights especially as it relates to the freedom of thought and speech.

Labour
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of labour rights for the company (i.e. labour rights-related risks and opportunities). Description of written policies, public commitments and company goals on labour rights.

  • Blue Moon has written policies that clearly state employee rights and responsibilities and their compensation and benefits. the company also has a policy requiring business partners and suppliers to adhere to the Global Compact Labour principles.
    Blue Moon is an approved consultant of BSCI - an initiative of the foreign trade association, and is responsible for conducting workshops on labor issues and Health and Safety especially as it relates to the food industry in Egypt and Turkey.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions taken by the company to implement labour policies, address labour risks and respond to labour violations.

  • As part of our activities, Blue Moon facilitates the "Egyptian Suppliers Ethical Trade Forum" with continual support from the Co-operative Food, Marks & Spencer, and Sainsbury's. Membership is open to any Egyptian supplier. 18 Egyptian suppliers are already engaged and actively participating in the meetings. Members of the Egyptian Suppliers' Ethical Trade Forum are committed to working together to improve working conditions in Egypt.
    During the past few years, the suppliers discussed ethical trading challenges in a transparent manner and exchanged experience on best labor practice especially as it relates to labor providers, casual workers, and communication in the workplace.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates performance.

  • There are no violations on labour issues so far.

Environment
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of environmental protection for the company (i.e. environmental risks and opportunities). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on environmental protection.

  • Blue Moon has a written policy on environmental issues, including prevention and management of environmental risks to the best of our capabilities.
    Blue Moon hosts the GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Group for Fruits and Vegetables in Egypt and is an active member of LEAF Marque Technical Advisory Committee.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement environmental policies, address environmental risks and respond to environmental incidents.

  • Blue Moon is managing the USAID’s "Premium Project for Egyptian Small Growers" which aims to improve the socio-economic environment of Egyptian farmers with small land holdings (small holders) by creating jobs and improving income. To achieve this goal, the project strives to build the competence of the small holders within agriculture cooperatives to comply with GLOBALG.A.P. and FAIRTRADE standards, thus assisting them to access new, high-value, local and international fresh produce markets. Adherence to good agriculture practices (GAP) of GLOBALG.A.P. will ensure sustainable use of land and water resources and mitigate food safety risks for cooperative small holders. Alignment with FAIRTRADE standards allows the small holder to more fairly compete in international trade, provides a safety net when international prices fall below a sustainable level, and brings money back into the cooperatives communities. Pesticide contamination to the land and within communities has been reduced through aligning to GAP and requiring cooperative members to properly dispose of empty pesticide containers.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates environmental performance.

  • The five cooperatives participating in the USAID's Premium Project for Egyptian Small Growers achieved GLOBALG.A.P compliance certificate and three of them achieved Fairtrade compliance certificate.

Anti-Corruption
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of anti-corruption for the company (i.e. anti-corruption risk-assessment). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on anti-corruption.

  • Blue Moon has a written company policy that does not tolerate corruption, bribery and extortion.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement anti-corruption policies, address anti-corruption risks and respond to incidents.

  • Blue Moon is an active participant in EJB anti-corruption task-force.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates anti-corruption performance.

  • Employees are encouraged to report any incidents they might face.