Our policies

Our policies

British Sugar's policy documents

Environment Policy

Updated February 2024

British Sugar believes that protection of the environment is everyone’s responsibility and is committed to:

This policy statement is communicated to all of British Sugar’s employees and contractors.

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Product Safety & Quality Policy 

Updated October 2023

British Sugar is committed to producing safe, good quality and legally compliant food and feed, meeting customer requirements: first time; every time.

We will promote an environment of continuous improvement and a positive food safety culture in which everyone takes personal responsibility, and which is embedded in everything that we do from field to consumer.

British Sugar wants our customers to choose us as a supplier for reasons other than price. We aim to do this by understanding the requirements for their for their products to be successful.

Our Management Systems for Product Safety & Quality are shaped by ISO, FEMAS, Retailer and GFSI recognised standards and our policies are communicated across the business.

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Safety & Health Policy

Updated February 2024

At British Sugar we’re committed to supporting the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone working across our whole UK supply chain. We do this by providing safe and healthy workplaces and working conditions, to prevent injury and ill health. We will also minimise any impact caused by our activities or processes to the safety and health of our contractors while working on any of our facilities, and our neighbours who may be affected by our operations.

We will comply with all legal and regulatory requirements to continually improve our occupational safety and health management system. We will provide a secure work environment through eliminating hazards and ensuring that all occupational safety and health risks are assessed and effectively managed, using proportionate risk-based principles, through a prioritised approach within the framework of our Management System.

Everyone working on behalf of the company has a responsibility for the safety and health of themselves and others who might be affected by their actions. We will always consult with our people and our trade unions to encourage participation across our supply chain, with overall accountability for safety and health recognised as a prime responsibility for all those who manage and supervise people.

This policy statement is communicated to all British Sugar’s employees and contractors.

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Energy Policy

Updated February 2024

British Sugar’s Energy Policy is to minimise the environmental impact and find opportunities to generate green energy for use and electricity export across our operations. As an ABF Sugar company we are committed to setting a near-term science-based emission reduction target in consultation with the Science Based Target initiative, and are certified to the ISO 50001 standard. We understand the impact of climate change and that is why we are playing our part by:

This policy statement is communicated to all British Sugar's employees and contractors, whose activities impact on energy.

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Modern Slavery

Updated May 2023

British Sugar subscribes to ABF Sugar’s Modern Slavery Statement, which aligns with the principles of the Associated British Foods plc (ABF) Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement but puts the challenge and risks into a sugar context.

The statement aims to explain what are perceived to be the biggest potential modern slavery risks in ABF Sugar’s business footprint, and the strategy intended to be used to mitigate against those potential risks.

Read more about the policy here.

Payment Policy

Updated January 2023

Paying suppliers or partners promptly and within the agreed payment terms is not only an ethical responsibility but economically beneficial for all parties and the wider economy. British Sugar is a signatory to the Prompt Payment Code (PPC), a voluntary code of practice for businesses, administered by the Office of the Small Business Commissioner (OSBC) on behalf of BEIS. As a signatory to the PPC, British Sugar has undertaken to:

1.  Pay suppliers on time:

2.  Give clear guidance to suppliers on terms, dispute resolution and prompt notification of late payment

3.  Support good practice throughout our supply chain by encouraging adoption of the Code

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Procurement Responsible Sourcing Policy

Updated April 2024

For British Sugar, respecting Environmental and Human Rights includes all our operations, supply chains and communities.

As a business of Associated British Foods plc (ABF), we are committed to enact the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and in doing so, we are guided in particular by the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. 

Building upon our ongoing work on Modern Slavery and Grievance Remediation Mechanisms, this policy further outlines how we engage supply chain due diligence and manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in our British Sugar operations and amongst our suppliers.

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