► Sustainability

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We are passionate about creating great tasting and affordable food that consumers love to eat, and we are committed to doing this in a way that is both environmentally sustainable and socially responsible. As one of the UK’s biggest listed food companies, how we operate matters and we want to make a positive difference to our people, our communities and our planet.

Click on the image below to find out more about our objectives and our progress on each of our pillars...

 

Our 5 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Pillars
 

Working in partnership with our stakeholders

Our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy is shaped by the issues most relevant to our business and our stakeholders, with our efforts particularly focused around where we can have a positive impact.

When being a responsible business, we want to work in partnership with all our stakeholders. We respect, support and encourage our colleagues, engage daily with our suppliers, manufacturers and customers, and build on strong relationships with charity and civil society partners to enable us to meet our ambitions. We work with Government, shareholders, trade bodies and industry groups to shape and challenge our objectives. We care about being a responsible business for our consumers, who we always have at the heart of everything we do.

We hold ourselves accountable against national ESG targets and commitments. For example, as a founding member of the UK Plastics Pact, as a signatory of Courtauld 2025, and in our commitment to delivering against relevant UN SDGs, we strive to push ourselves to deliver on our ESG strategy and contribute to wider, global change.

 

Checking-in with our stakeholders

The ESG landscape is rapidly evolving, and it is important our strategy enables us to effectively tackle emerging issues, address trends and meet evolving stakeholder interests. This year, with the support of an independent consultant, we conducted a materiality assessment to identify and rank the ESG issues relevant to our business, industry and stakeholders. This included conducting interviews with our customers, members of our investor community, NGOs, policy experts, and our colleagues, to hear and understand their views on the issues which matter most to them. We will use the results to reflect on our current strategy and ensure we are delivering maximum impact for the business, our stakeholders, our wider community and the planet.


Strengthening our Governance structure

To further embed our ESG strategy across the business and respond to the growing expectations of our stakeholders, we have established an ESG Governance Committee. Chaired by our CEO and bringing together members of our Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and subject matter experts within the business, the Committee has full oversight of our ESG strategy and is responsible for setting its direction, and monitoring progress against our key programmes and KPIs. The Committee ensures that ESG is embedded across the organisation and forms an integral part of the overall business strategy. Click here to read the Terms of Reference of the ESG Governance Committee. Our cross-functional ESG steering groups (e.g. our Plastics, Ethical Sourcing and Nutrition groups) report into the Committee and are responsible for implementing the strategy and meeting KPIs. 

Further reflecting the increasing importance of sustainability in its fullest sense across the business and all of its brands, in May 2021, Hannah Collyer was promoted to the newly created role of Director of Corporate Affairs and ESG, sitting on our ELT. Day-to-day, we have a range of cross-functional colleague networks that are critical to delivering positive change across the business and enabling us to meet our KPIs. For instance, our Green Matters Champions who focus on reducing our use of resources at our factories, our Charity Champions who coordinate fundraising and local community engagement, and our Inclusion and Diversity Ambassadors who promote a culture of inclusivity throughout the business. We passionately believe that everyone in the business has a part to play in delivering success against our ESG strategy.

 

Working towards the UN SDGs

Adopted by the United Nations in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to governments, businesses and civil society alike to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. Everyone has a role to play in achieving shared prosperity in a sustainable world - a world where all people can live productive, vibrant and peaceful lives on a healthy planet by 2030.

Our ESG strategy identifies which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) we can have an impact on:

 

For more information, please visit: sustainabledevelopment.un.org