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Sustainability

Feeding our Future

‘Feeding Our Future’ is 2 Sisters’ response to the sustainability challenges we face and outlines our plans to ensure our success in this area.

Feeding Our Future: Our Sustainability Plan (pdf)

Feeding Our Future is the 2 Sisters response to these sustainability challenges, and is an exciting key part of our plans to ensure success for the future. The plan reiterates our commitment to areas where we have always focussed, and sets ambitious new goals that will challenge our business in others.

Our goals are selected firstly because they are in our realm of influence and, secondly, where we are aiming to be a positive force in the world. If we do business in the right way, strive for the highest achievement and keep an eye on our customers and their customers, we will succeed in both our business and our sustainability goals.

Our sustainability work is shaped around four key pillars;

  1. Environment
  2. People
  3. Economic Success
  4. Sustainable Raw Material

We also have three key vertical supply chains covering from farm to fork. In these we will work to identify the sustainability challenges and opportunities, and set objectives at the appropriate levels to deliver more sustainable solutions. Verticals are selected because they are areas where we can have a material impact due to the scale of our operations or buying power in that supply chain.

Our verticals are:

  1. The Poultry Supply Chain
  2. The Beef Supply Chain
  3. The Lamb Supply Chain

Our environmental policy

We are committed to delivering market-leading performance on key environmental issues in our business, with our customers, our supply chain and our end consumers.

Find out how we will achieve this, read our environmental policy by clicking here


Environment

Under Environment we work on three issues:

Waste reduction - our waste reduction vision:

Reducing food waste and loss is embedded in our operations and we create value through beneficial use of all our waste.

Waste reduction and reuse has long been a focus of the company, and it remains a key focus for the future. By 2014 over half our factories achieved zero to landfill, with significant recycling or beneficial use of what was once considered waste.

Water Management - our water management vision:

We will be efficient users of water and save more in our supply chain than we use in our sites.

For so long water has been treated as a utility, available when we turn on the tap, the same way we expect electricity or gas to be available when we flick a switch. But thinking on water is changing, especially in 2 Sisters. It is a critical commodity, as important as many of the ingredients and just as valuable, because if we dont have water we are unable to make our food. This goes down to our suppliers, farmers and partners-the critical supply of clean water is at the very centre of their business.

Climate change and energy - our climate change and energy vision:

We are a carbon neutral business and a net energy producer.

Our energy use in factories, farms and fleets are intrinsically linked not only to the commercial success of our business, but also to our impacts on the environment and climate. With a significant carbon footprint in our operations and a major internal and third party logistics operation serving our customers, this is one area where we can achieve significant success in sustainability. Electricity, gas and diesel are both major expenses and major sources of emissions, and by tackling these we can achieve commercial benefits alongside reducing our impact on the climate.

We have many years of success in mitigating our impact on the climate, achieving annual success against climate change agreements, introducing solar and wind power into the business and installing latest specification lighting. And we continue to work in the area-efficiency in our factories, behavioural change programmes, new technologies and audits of our sites keep identifying opportunities. We are also looking further- both up and down our value chain, seeing how we can support customers, consumers and farmers to be more energy efficient.


People

Under people we work across two areas:

Our colleagues

As an employer of choice, we contribute positively to employment and education.  Without our colleagues, communities and customers we do not have a business, so focusing in these areas is one of our highest priorities. You can read about our focus on people across our website, from skills, development, safety and ethical business practices.

Community

Our sites are intrinsically linked to the communities where they are located, be it as a good neighbour or where our colleagues live. Where our sites are close to local communities we engage with them so they understand our work, the opportunities the local business brings and help to deal with any queries that occur. We also fundraise across the company for a wide range of charities and local causes.


Economic Success

In economic success, as well as being a profitable business, we focus on two specific areas:

Innovation - our sustainability vision for innovation

We consistently deliver significant growth through sustainable product innovation. 

Quite simply, innovation is the cornerstone to our success in the future. Incremental and breakthrough innovation in product, process, ingredients and packaging are going to change our business and play a critical part in achieving our sustainability goals. We have a huge range of innovators, from our New Product Development teams through to Agriculture, Procurement, Supply Chain, Operations, Technical and Engineering and we are constantly striving for new, better and more sustainable ways of doing things. We will use innovation to drive our success in every area of sustainability, across all our targets.

Customers - our vision for customers

We are recognised leaders in sustainability and our customers and stakeholders acknowledge this.

Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, and that extends to all aspects of our sustainability activities. We aim to be a partner to our customers and stakeholders, not just being led by them but supporting the development and delivery of their own sustainability aspirations in all areas. We have made good progress, with four M&S silver validated sites, reducing carbon and water footprints, improving employee engagement scores and wide support in developing retailers goals for soya, palm and feed.


Sustainable Raw Material

Our two areas for sustainable raw materials, as well as the verticals:

Sustainable agriculture

We have a passion for food and that is intrinsically linked to agriculture. As well as owning more than 700 farms around the UK we are one of the biggest customers of UK farming, so a sustainable agricultural sector is critical to the future success of our business. We have a Group Agriculture team, as well as a network of area farm managers and field staff who maintain day to day contact with the farmers. They cover a wide range of production systems ranging from farm assured, through to free range, Freedom Food, corn fed and organic, as well as producing bespoke breeds, such as Aberdeen Angus. We strive to improve standards of production, develop sustainable methods and ways of working, and influence the way our partners operate.

Procurement - Our Procurement Vision

All our products and services are sourced from partners who support and deliver our sustainability aspirations.

One of the great sustainability challenges of our generation will be feeding 9 billion people on the planet, many of whom will be achieving increase in wealth. The growing population and increasing middle class bring bigger demands on land, what is produced and how it is produced. The potential impact on sensitive ecosystems is huge, and we will work with suppliers to prevent this through use of responsible sourcing standards. We are already certified to RSPO, are members of RTRS and UTZ, and supply MCS fish. Where relevant we will continue to support and champion responsible sourcing standards and develop approaches where they do not exist in the market.

A big challenge we face sourcing from over 50 countries is ensuring we protect people from exploitation and abuse. This is a complicated area, with many different challenges across the world depending on the size of suppliers, cultural difference and ways sectors operate. As members of SEDEX we are championing this to our supply chains and have made a commitment to use this system to assess, risk rate and take action where required. We will provide support to suppliers to ensure we can implement effective solutions that ensure the sustainability of both supply chains and 2 Sisters. Our Modern Day Slavery statement will be available from the home page of this website.

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