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We have a robust Sustainability Strategy, clear corporate governance and a structured stakeholder engagement process. Guided by these, we are taking appropriate and timely steps to deliver on our people and planet priorities.

Upholding the many policies and protocols relating to our Sustainability Strategy rests on a culture of ethical conduct and integrity and we are proud of the further progress made in 2021 to build on this, particularly around listening and responding to concerns.

Our approach is continually evaluated against the highest international principles. This includes measuring our strategic impact against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and the ten principles of the UN Global Compact.

Our strategy

The international food industry has a major role to play in driving the transition to a healthy and sustainable global food system. As the market leader, we are rising to this challenge by helping people to eat better, for their health and the planet.

Stakeholder engagement and materiality

We have a wide range of stakeholders who influence or are affected by our day to day business, with varying needs and expectations. Our stakeholders include employees, investors, clients and consumers, suppliers, NGOs and government agencies.

UN Sustainable development goals

Of the 17 goals designed by the United Nations to help deliver the 2030 vision for a more sustainable planet, we have identified eight where we believe we can make the most positive social impact.

Caring for people

During 2021, our primary focus continued to be delivering safe food, operating safe workplaces and minimising the spread of COVID-19. We worked hard to maintain morale in our teams as we continued to manage uncertainty, and supported our people and our consumers to stay healthy – both physically and mentally – by continuing to deliver better nutrition and support for wellbeing. We also continued to support a wide range of projects bringing benefits to the people living in our local communities.

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Protecting the planet

We have three core environmental objectives: to take action on climate change, by creating a long-term strategy that will lead to us becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business; to build a more resilient supply chain through our responsible sourcing programme; and to halve food waste through our operations.

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2021 Highlights

Sustainability Governance

Our Board-level Corporate Responsibility (CR) Committee oversees our Safety and Sustainability Strategies, alongside Ethics and Compliance and Stakeholder Engagement. The Committee meets at least three times a year to ensure policies and practices align with our Company culture, purpose and values.