We are committed to producing safe and healthy ingredients in a sustainable way.
Our approach to environmental governance and performance follows the same approach we take for safety with senior level commitment to improving performance, working together across the businesses to create greater impact while supporting each business to implement locally relevant programmes.
Four of our businesses have achieved ISO 14001 certification for environmental management and two are also working towards ISO 50001 energy management certification.
Our businesses use natural resources, create emissions and waste and therefore these are our focus areas to manage effectively. In particular, the consumption and efficient management of water is a common activity across our businesses.
Managing water and energy consumption
All our sites monitor their consumption of water and continuously seek ways of reducing the amount they use through efficiency programmes such as the recirculation of process water.
Following a water stress risk assessment of our sites, we identified that some of our sites operate in water stress or sensitive areas. Our people at these sites pay particular attention to their site’s water consumption and waste water management to ensure they use the resource in the most efficient manner and continuously explore ways of reducing absolute consumption.
We also focus on optimising the energy we use in order to manage costs, reduce reliance on particular fossil fuels and to reduce our environmental footprint, with particular attention to the greenhouse gases emitted through energy use.
Managing our waste
We are continually looking for more responsible ways to address our waste. Our businesses consider innovative solutions, often working with third-parties and requiring investment, to reduce the overall waste we generate and to recycle or reuse waste materials where possible.
Responsible sourcing of raw materials
We expect suppliers to ABF Ingredients’ businesses to accept and commit to the principles detailed in our Supplier Code of Conduct, covering issues such as human rights, health and safety, business practices, environment and product quality.
We have identified a number of higher-risk commodities through a rigorous assessment of the risks in our supply chain. We are working to increase our understanding of the potential impact of our business by mapping supply chains to provide a view on the sustainability of upstream inputs and where other risks could exist. Risk assessments across our raw material inputs continue and have allowed us to priortise where to focus the next level of investigation to ensure labour rights and health and safety of workers in the supply chain are being respected.
Where such risks are deemed to be elevated, due to the nature of the material sourced or geography from which it is sourced, further investigations are warranted. We have businesses that have SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) membership and have required suppliers to engage and share their approach on social, environmental and ethical business practices. Following supplier self-assessments, independent 4-pillar Sedex Member Ethical Trade Audits (SMETA) have been undertaken for certain suppliers. Any observations or noted non-conformances have been addressed by the suppliers in question to the satisfaction of the independent audit body.
ABF Ingredients sources a small amount of palm related raw materials, and as part of ABF’s membership of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we are committed to sourcing sustainable palm input by one of the four recognised RSPO sustainable supply chains: identity preserved, segregated, mass balance or RSPO credits. One of our North American sites has achieved RSPO Supply Chain Certification for the supply of certified sustainable palm products to our customers.