Our focus areas: our supply chains

Together with our suppliers, from large businesses to smallholder farmers, we are working hard to build more equitable, ethical and sustainable supply chains.

Protecting human rights and labour rights

Issues affecting the rights and conditions of those who work in our many supply chains are of serious concern to us. For more than 10 years the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) have acted as a reference point for responsible businesses.

Delivering social impacts

Our businesses have adopted the standards in the Group Supplier Code of Conduct and require their suppliers to implement these throughout their supply chains.

Improving the environmental performance of our suppliers’ farms and factories 

Several of our businesses run programmes designed to protect ecosystems and maintain or enhance soil quality. As with action on climate change, they focus their resources and expertise where it is most appropriate, taking targeted measures to achieve the greatest impact in their own performance and in their supply chains.


To learn more about the work we do in our supply chains please read our Responsibility Report or click on the case studies below.

Responsibility in action: our supply chains

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