Associated British Foods 2015 Corporate Responsibility Update

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Associated British Foods 2015 Corporate Responsibility Update demonstrates our priorities for the future and highlights the achievements of the year through case studies from across our diverse group.
Key findings
  • 50% - Proportion of the energy our businesses use that comes from renewable sources
  • Promoting good health in developing countries - Twinings Ovaltine works in partnership with three major international NGOs to help mitigate health issues faced by its suppliers in India and China
  • £33 million - Amount spent on health and safety this year
  • Reformulation for healthier products - From reducing sodium in our baking ingredients at AB Mauri to achieving 12% average reduction in sugar across our Jordan’s baked cereal range
  • 11 - Number of priority commodities we are focusing on to address ethical and environmental risk in our supply chain
  • 6,781 - Number of factory workers in Bangladesh and Myanmar reached by HERhealth education programme this year
  • Adapting to climate change - Increasing resilience of sugar growing operations in Southern Africa to rainfall variability
  • 100% - Proportion of palm oil used in our products that comes from sustainable sources
  • Land rights guidelines - Illovo has introduced Group Guidelines on Land Rights in order to protect the rights of its local communities
  • 176% - Increase in profits for Indian smallholders in the first year of Primark’s CottonConnect programme
  • Committing to Greenpeace campaign - Primark has joined Greenpeace’s global Detox campaign and has committed to phase out the use of certain chemicals within the supply chain by 2020

Associated British Foods started out as a bakery business in 1935. Over the past 80 years, the company has grown and evolved into an international food, ingredients and retail business with operations in and operations in 48 countries across Europe, southern Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia. A great deal has changed in that time but what has remained a constant is the ethical way in which we operate. Our intention has always been to do the right thing for our people and the wider community, believing that in feeding and clothing millions of people we do good every day.

Our 2015 CR update is the next step in our sustainability journey and demonstrates our achievements from the last 12 months and acts as an interim update before the release of our next full CR report in 2016. The report communicates our position on issues material to ABF.

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