The Amazon Supply Chain Standards have been updated with an effective date of the the 19th of January, 2023. These standards are updated every three years as part of a regular review by Amazon.
The Amazon Supply Chain Standards apply to all selling partners and suppliers. Products sold in Amazon stores must comply with these standards and be produced in a way that respects human rights and the environment and protects the fundamental dignity of workers.
If you treat your employees with respect, according to UK law, and if your products are sourced from responsible suppliers then you’ll have no issues with the updated Supply Chain Standards, but they are wroth reviewing to ensure you comply. The latest updates include additional requirements, expectations, and clarifications, such as:
- Additional requirements to protect workers from harmful recruitment and engagement practices, which include providing workers with clear, understandable documentation of the employment terms and conditions before the start of their employment
- Further clarification that suppliers must have effective grievance mechanisms that workers can use to raise concerns without retaliation
- Mandatory remediation if any cases of child labour are identified
- Further clarification that suppliers must provide workers with a safe and healthy work environment that avoids harm to workers’ health
- The prohibition of land-grabbing and any illegal use of natural resources
- Clearer specifications that suppliers must comply with applicable privacy and information security laws and regulations
You can review the updated Amazon Supply Chain Standards coming into effect on the 19th of this month here.