We have evaluated our current product lines and identified the use of tin and gold in the packaging and production of two products in our portfolio. We have determined that, to the best of our knowledge, the minerals necessary in the production of these products are not sourced from conflict zones, including the Democratic Republic of Congo or an adjoining country.
Read our full Conflict Minerals Disclosure
Reducing environmental impact
We are committed to embedding our sustainability principles throughout our supply chains, and helping our supply partners improve their practices as part of our wider environment strategy. We are taking specific measures in three key areas:
Water: Our approach is to encourage improved water stewardship through reduced use and better management as well as promoting water replenishment-related activity in local areas and increased sourcing of rain-fed local agricultural raw materials well adapted to their local conditions (including climate, soil, and water availability). These include sorghum and cassava, which are relatively drought tolerant.
Carbon: Around two-thirds of the total carbon emissions associated with our products are found within our supply chains, so supporting and encouraging our key suppliers to measure, manage and report their carbon emissions is essential to reducing our overall greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint.
- Sustainable packaging: We have set ourselves the target of ensuring that 100% of the paper and board packaging we use is certified as sustainably sourced by 2020. We are working with our suppliers on this, including through our sustainable packaging guidelines.
Agricultural value chain partnerships
Challenges such as water scarcity, unsustainable farming practices, and climate change all pose potential risks to the supply of our raw materials and to the livelihoods of the farmers who produce them.
We know that the future prosperity of farmers, suppliers, and our business is closely linked with our ability to create partnerships that are sustainable, secure, and mutually beneficial. We support sustainable sourcing and, where appropriate, local sourcing of raw materials.
In the United Kingdom and Ireland, our largest production region by volume, we typically source about 90% of our grain supply locally. Increasingly, in some markets, notably Africa, we have established suppliers of local raw materials such as sorghum and cassava, which are more resilient to climate change.
At the heart of our approach is the recognition that partnerships with farmers are the most effective way to promote sustainable farming practices and secure local supply networks.
We have seen how these partnerships, when successful, can change lives and transform communities. We are keen to ensure that our models and partnerships remain inclusive, allowing for participation by both small and large-scale farmers, women and youth farmers, and entrepreneurs.