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Driving High Ethical and Environmental Standards


We believe that we help Bring Britain Together by choosing to support UK suppliers and farmers where we can.

We spend more than £500 million annually with UK businesses, many of which are small and medium sized operations. Around 99% of the sugar, 95% of the apples and 81% of the milk and dairy products we buy come from British farmers.
Whatever we buy, it's important that we understand the impact it has on the environment, animal welfare and producers. Where it makes sense, we look for ingredients certified to meet recognised standards. This ranges from buying palm oil only from producers that meet the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) criteria, sourcing produce from Red Tractor accredited farms, egg products that are certified from cage-free hens or cardboard boxes and other paper products that meet the Forestry Stewardship Council requirements. See our case studies below for further information.


In addition, we work against any risk of labour exploitation throughout our supply chain through our Ethical Trading Policy , which is based around internationally recognised code of labour practices, and through our support of the Stronger Together initiative , aiming to tackle modern day slavery.


We're also a member of Sedex (the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange). It's a not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. We require all our ingredients and packaging suppliers to become members to give visibility of their ethical performance and help in our regular risk assessments of our supply base.



Case Study: Only the finest apples from UK orchards

Our Mr. Kipling Apple Pies are the UK's favourite, but why do they taste so exceedingly good?
Well, Mr. Kipling uses only fine tasting Bramley apples grown in UK orchards in Kent, Cambridgeshire and Northern Ireland. Once cooked, the Bramley becomes golden and fluffy, making it the ideal apple variety for pies.

Juicy_Apples.jpg The first "Bramley" tree grew in a cottage garden in Nottinghamshire owned by Matthew Bramley and in 1856, a local nurseryman, Henry Merryweather asked if he could take cuttings from the tree and start to sell the apples. Mr Bramley agreed but insisted the apples should bear his name.
Each year, Mr. Kipling buys total of 800 tonnes of Bramley apples to bake his much loved apple pies.


Case study: Achieving our palm oil commitment one year early

While we buy a relatively small amount of palm oil we're concerned that what we do buy is from certified sources that avoid damaging the tropical rainforest and biodiversity of South East Asia. As a result, we made a commitment in 2012 to buy only Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified palm oil by the end of 2015.
With the help of our suppliers we achieved our ambition one year early and now all of the palm oil we use is from Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified sources using the mass balance supply chain model.


In addition, EXOVA BMTRADA, the leading independent certification body, has audited all our manufacturing sites against the RSPO Supply Chain Certification system which provides independent assurance that the palm oil we use is from RSPO certified sources. Our RSPO certificate number is BMT-RSPO-000038.
The WWF recently recognised this significant achievement in their 2016 palm oil buyers scorecard, the results of which can be found here.



Case study: Packaging from sustainable forests

It's a minimum requirement that all the paper and carton-board packaging we use is compliant with the EU Timber Regulation which makes it a crime to place illegally harvested timber and timber products on the EU market. But we go further.
FSC_logo.jpg Wherever possible, we aim to use paper and board packaging from certified sustainably managed forest resources. To date, 100% of our corrugated packaging is from Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified sources. And from the end of 2015, Ambrosia custard has been packaged in an FSC certified combi-block pack.