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.
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.
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.
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.