As a food and drink manufacturer, we understand our responsibility to balance the needs of food safety and sustainability with the broader needs of the environment, in relation to waste and carbon footprint and we continue to develop our ESG programme and initiatives whist making significant developments.
We are now officially a certified CarbonNeutral® company! We understand how essential it is for us as a business to responsibly manage our environmental footprint, so we could not be prouder!
In our commitment to reduce carbon emissions further, we have partnered with Envantage (energy and carbon consultants) in a 3-year partnership to support Aimia in reducing our climate impact.
We continually look for more sustainable packaging solutions, and whilst we have made huge progress, we pledge to do more.
We work with suppliers to find alternative solutions to reduce single use plastics and increase the recyclability of containers, where plastics are required. We eliminated single use plastic straws for Shmoo in January 2019 and in 2021, we moved all retail SKUs in our Drink me Chai range to a fully recyclable metal tin, which will remove approximately 1 million composites from our production in 2022.
We will continue to reduce the use of non-recyclable composites by installing two new paper based composite machines, making any products produced on these lines, recyclable in kerb side recycling.
We collaborate with key suppliers to provide solutions for flexible plastics in our business and continue to trial alternative single layer materials on our lines that meet product safety and shelf-life requirements. Projects currently in progress:
We work with a range of organisations that support global growers and producers, some of which include Fairtrade, Rain Forest Alliance, National Federation of Colombian Coffee Growers (FNC), RSPO.
We employ over 330 people, with one third of our workforce having over 10 years’ service. Our motto is ‘Recruit for attitude, train for skills’; we invest heavily in apprenticeships across a diverse range of functions including Customer Services, Accounts, Engineering, Sales, HR, Digital Marketing and Improving Operational Performance.
We champion diversity, equity, and inclusion and partner with the job centre and other government agencies to support young and disabled people back into work through their Back to Work and Kickstart schemes.
Our charity committee support Willowbrook Hospice and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, through fundraising activities, and donations, as well as arranging donations to the Mission Christmas toy appeal. For over a decade we have donated over 100,000 cups of coffee to crisis at Christmas a homeless charity.
Sales of the Drink me Chai brand support Pratham which is a UNICEF charity that addresses the chronic issue of illiteracy using innovative, low-cost solutions teach children to read and basic arithmetic in just six to eight weeks.
We are committed to fair treatment of all employees and eradicating hidden labour exploitation including modern slavery from our organisation, and we are proud to have implemented several initiatives to support this, including:
Our employees have access to an independent Whistleblowing hotline, which they are encouraged to use to report any wrongdoing.
All of our employees have been trained in spotting the signs of hidden labour exploitation and are empowered to report any suspicions to the GLAA helpline.
We are members of Stronger Together and have two Stronger Together champions that audit our labour providers in accordance with the GLAA standards.
We have A/B membership to SEDEX which is dedicated to driving improvements in ethical and responsible business practices in global supply chains.
We operate our business in a responsible and ethical manner that aligns with our values and code of ethical conduct.
We require all our suppliers to comply with our Ethical Trading Policy, which is based on the Fundamental Conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and national and international laws. We require all of our suppliers to have ethical processes and policies in place throughout their supply chain. We monitor supplier compliance with this policy through a range of other tools to support the risk management, continuous improvement, and capacity building of our suppliers, including the requirements for suppliers to provide reasonable information as evidence of compliance with our Ethical Trading Policy.
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