Our supply base

TSL is committed to providing products that meet the highest environmental and ethical standards. In order to achieve this, we require our supply partners to have the same objectives. We work closely with all of our supply partners to develop long-lasting working relationships that ensure that we are in a position to drive continual improvement across Quality, Ethical, Environmental and Health & Safety standards.


Certifications and endorsements

Across our supply base, a number of different audits are conducted to ensure that our partners meet both our customers’ and TSLs’ expectations. These audits include:

  • Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA)
  • BRC Consumer Products Audits
  • ISO13485:2016 – Medical devices — Quality management systems
  • ISO9001:2015 – Quality management systems
  • ISO14001:2015 – Environmental management
  • ISO18001:2007 – Occupational Health and Safety Assessment
  • Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)
  • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™)


Our process

When we are introducing new partners into our supply base, we conduct a multiple stage assessment which includes supplier questionnaire, Quality assessment (BRC Audit, ISO13495 Audit) and Ethical Assessment (SMETA Audit) as a minimum requirement. Additional requirements such as customer audits, FSC® and/or PEFC™ are also assessed as necessary before they can supply products.

Within our supply base;

  • 4 sites have the highest possible AA BRC accreditation
  • 6 sites have an A grade BRC accreditation
  • 3 sites have been given the highest possible Tesco blue grade approval
  • 6 sites are audited to BSCI standards
  • All our sites are members of SMETA