We believe an ethical supply chain is a sustainable one. Finsbury Foods is a long-standing member of Sedex, an organisation for promoting improvement in responsible and ethical business practices in supply chains. Sedex monitors our ethical performance and that of our suppliers. Currently 70% of our suppliers are also members of Sedex, and we would like to raise this figure to 100%. We support British suppliers and buy British-made ingredients wherever possible.
Operating in the retailer own-brand sector, we comply with our customers’ varying sourcing strategies. We also work with our own suppliers to ensure we meet the highest standards of animal welfare, and audit them regularly to ensure this. Over 35% of the egg we use comes from free-range hens, and the remainder we buy only from suppliers who meet the 2012 welfare legislation on enriched cages.
We work with suppliers to ensure we have long-term supply sources of all our main ingredients, and agree long-term contracts with primary agricultural producers, where appropriate, to achieve this. Working with a broad range of suppliers, and monitoring their risk assessments and continuity plans, ensures our security of supply.
Finsbury Foods has been using the Green Palm certification scheme for palm oil for four years and we are moving towards ensuring all our palm oil is from fully sustainable sources, by segregation or mass balance. We are members of RSPO (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil) and they are currently auditing all our sites to ensure we are producing fully compliant products.