We have always taken the long view on sustainability, ensuring that it is embedded throughout our business and our supply chain. We also have a record of taking leadership and sharing our sustainability learnings with our partners in order to have the maximum positive impact.
With a heritage of bringing continental meats to the UK, we work with over 290 farmers to supply own label and branded lines to retailers and foodservice. Across our range, many of these farmers can now boast higher welfare credentials.
Our European welfare journey began in 2000 and our highlights include winning Good Pig awards in Italy & Spain (a first), collecting a Special Recognition Award from Compassion in World Farming, and gaining UKAS accreditation for our Pig Module welfare scheme in 2018.
Food waste reduction
We are part of a group of large food businesses that has committed to reduce food waste across our UK operations by 50% by 2030. As part of this project, we have adopted the approach of “measure, target, and act” on key areas across our UK operations. And we report publicly on our progress. Dedicated site personnel manage and target food waste giveaway KPIs on a daily basis. Our recently reported figure was at 3.6%, making us an industry front-runner.
Conversion of a meal from meat to plant-based has – on average – a net reduction in climate impact. We are committed to making plant-based products so delicious and compelling that more consumers make that change. Since 2018 we have been responsible for more switches from meat to meat-free than any other UK chilled business.
Community & charity
Supporting our local communities is important to us whether it’s school career days and education sessions, raising funds for local foodbanks, or sponsoring the community café’s meal delivery service.
In 2019 we donated over 100 pairs of used wellingtons to Small Steps Project in Uganda. These were passed onto children and adults living on rubbish tips.
Since 2010 we have supported Action Against Hunger by donating 1p from every unearthed® pack sold, helping to fund projects in Mali, Zambia and India, with donations in excess of £787,000.
With a large supply base, it is important to have visibility of ethical issues throughout the supply chain. Each step is assessed – from the grower/farmer level to raw material suppliers and product manufacturing sites.
We use a number of tools to assess and monitor the ethical status of suppliers. Our collaboration with a range of key bodies and groups ensures that we are at the forefront of understanding and managing the specific ethical risks within each step of the supply chain.