► ResponsibilityBeing a responsible business


Our purpose is to create the food the nation loves most for modern life, and we are committed to doing this responsibly and in a way that is sustainable for our business, our communities and our planet. Our five-pillar responsibility strategy enables us to focus our efforts on addressing the issues that are most relevant to people and the planet, both now and in the future.

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 responsibility strategy is shaped by the issues that matter most to our business and our stakeholders. When being a responsible business, we want to create, sustain and strengthen all of our partnerships. 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 when creating the food the nation loves most for modern life.


Our governance

We have a range of cross-functional steering groups which are responsible for the delivery of our ESG strategy, for example: the Plastics steering group, People’s Potential steering group and Ethical Sourcing steering group. We have a network of colleagues who are key enablers of success, such as our Green Matters champions and Charity Champions, who ensure our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy is being embedded daily across all of our sites. Being a responsible business also means that we hold ourselves accountable against national targets and commitments: as founding members of the UK Plastics Pact or as signatories of Courtauld 2025, we push ourselves to deliver on our responsibility strategy and contribute to wider change.


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.

This year, we have undertaken work to identify which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) we can make an impact on and mapped them to our responsibility strategy:


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