Sustainable and responsible sourcing is at the heart of our supply decisions, and we only work with suppliers and growers who share our values. The principles of ethical sourcing are ingrained across our procurement team, with regular refresher training regarding social accountability, ethical trade and modern slavery, in both the UK and overseas – taking place to reinforce our awareness in a changing world.
We use our membership of ethically- and socially-focused organisations at a global and local level – such as SEDEX, the Social Conexión Forum in Spain and the Spanish Ethical Trade Forum – to build our agenda around social responsibility and accountability; and we listen to what’s important to our customers.
Our day-to-day interactions with our supply base – including visits to source – are used to shape and share our priorities around all aspects of social accountability. We continually monitor our own performance and that of our supply base.
We conduct regular checks on-site with suppliers looking for indicators of best practice, as well as discussing areas of concern and sharing great examples from elsewhere. We ensure all strategic suppliers have third-party ethical audits, as well as those of all sizes in high-risk nations. More formally, we review this progress with our suppliers and growers through our annual scorecard process, looking especially for those who’ve improved the sustainability of their supply chains. Finally, we’re proud to say that 100% of our pineapple supply is Rainforest Alliance certified.