We have been named to the FTSE4Good and Dow Jones Sustainability indices. These highly regarded barometers evaluated us on a number of environmental, social and governance factors and serve as independent validation of our corporate responsibility effort. We have also been named to Ethisphere’s annual list of World’s Most Ethical Companies and Forbes’ list of the world’s most reputable companies.
An important element of our commitment to ethical operations is our Global Code of Ethics that details how we live our values in the workplace, with consumers, in the marketplace, in our communities and for investors. Employees receive annual training on the Code, which covers important topics like anti-corruption, anti-competitive behaviour, data protection and human rights.
We have similar expectations for our suppliers that are clearly outlined in our Global Supplier Code of Conduct. In addition, the top 80 percent of our ingredient and packaging suppliers are expected to join Sedex, the largest collaborative platform for sharing ethical supply chain data. After completing comprehensive self-assessments, suppliers that demonstrate “high risk” are expected to provide or complete a third-party audit to ensure compliance with our Code of Conduct.
Working to Protect Human Rights
We are committed to respecting and protecting the rights of those affected directly and indirectly by our operations. In addition to being addressed in our employee and supplier codes, these commitments are outlined in our Human Rights Position Statement and our Policy Statement Prohibiting Involuntary Labour. We also publish an annual progress report that documents our milestones and actions that meets regulatory reporting requirements, including those of the U.K. Modern Slavery Act.