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Our Governance


We believe that good corporate governance is essential for building a successful and sustainable business in the long-term interests of shareholders. An effective governance framework is also designed to ensure accountability, fairness and transparency in the Group’s relationships with all of its stakeholders whether customers, suppliers, employees, the government or the wider community.
Areas of focus in the year
Over the year the Board has reviewed and approved the Group’s annual budget and three year strategic plan. The Board also continued to keep under review strategic options which could potentially add value for shareholders and other stakeholders, and accelerate the delivery of the Board’s strategic objectives. The Board has regularly reviewed performance against budget with the CEO, CFO and Managing Directors of the UK and International business units and received regular updates on consumer trends, new product developments and customer relations.

The Board received regular updates on shareholder communications and also reviewed the Group’s approach to nutrition, healthier food options, sugar reduction, modern day slavery, gender pay and plastic packaging.
Compliance with the UK Governance Code 2016
The Board supports the principles laid down by the UK Governance Code 2016 (the Code) as issued by the Financial Reporting Council which applies to accounting periods beginning on or after 17 June 2016 (available at www.frc.org.uk).  I am pleased to confirm that over the course of the year we have complied with all relevant provisions set out in the Code.