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Ethical Trading

Respect for suppliers and customers

Our responsibility is to carry out our business ethically and with respect for the rights and interests of our suppliers and customers.

As well as a set of environmental standards, Allied Bakeries Ethical Trading Code incorporates the requirements of the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code. All our 3,500 suppliers have signed up to our Ethical Trading Code, which is an integral part of our supplier approval process.

We take fair trade and fair competition very seriously - all our sales team, along with anyone else who comes into contact with either customers or competitors, are fully briefed in competition law and the Groceries Supply Code of Practice, and undergo regular refresher training.

Allied Bakeries along with our parent company Associated British Foods (ABF), is committed to responsibly sourcing the palm oil that we use. ABF has been a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2010.

All of the palm oil and derivatives we use are sustainably sourced from accredited RSPO suppliers. Our total palm usage is around 1,230 tonnes a year and as of December 2014, we use only 100% RSPO certified segregated sustainable oil and all of our palm derivatives are sourced only from RSPO certified physical sustainable supply chains (i.e. segregated and mass balanced).

All of the soya flour we use is sourced from Europe and Canada. We never buy from growers who use deforested land and none of our soya flour is genetically modified.

We are proud to have signed up to The Prompt Payment Code as it recognises the importance of Allied Bakeries behaving in an ethical manner towards its suppliers.

We believe in open and honest dealing inside and outside our business and provide a whistleblowing mechanism for any interested party to flag concerns or issues to an independent third party.