There is a growing and justifiable concern amongst many global consumers that animal, and animal-based products, are produced in accordance with minimum acceptable standards to protect both humans and animals.
The principles of animal welfare known as the ‘Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare’ set by the UK Farm Animal Welfare Council demand that animals are guaranteed the following:
- Freedom from thirst, hunger and malnutrition - by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
- Freedom from discomfort - by providing a suitable environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
- Freedom from pain, injury and disease - by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- Freedom to express normal behavior - by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
- Freedom from fear and distress - by ensuring conditions that avoid mental suffering.
The Group companies involved in animal production are Irvine’s (chicken), Colcom (pigs), AMP Meats (cattle), Prodairy (cattle), as well as National Foods and Profeeds, who both produce animal feed. Irvine’s, AMP and Colcom have stringent animal welfare programs in place.
Promoting Social Responsibility in the Value Chain
Fair operating practice is a core component of social responsibility. Fair operating practices relate to ethical conduct in the Group’s dealings with other organisations, including the relationships between government agencies as well as between the Group and their partners, suppliers, contractors, customers, competitors, and the associations which Group companies are members. Behaving ethically is fundamental to establishing and sustaining legitimate and productive relationships between companies and through the promotion of social responsibility in the value chain, the Group is able to encourage other organisations to adopt similar policies.
Our corporate strategy is to maintain a sustainable value chain, which succeeds on shared values and is a critical component as it reflects our brand name and image. We provide systems, which ensure that all suppliers are screened on their track record and standpoint on sustainability issues such as environmental, social, behavioural, corruption, statutory compliance and human rights practices. The Group endevour to ensure that most of its suppliers share our common values for sustainability in our value chain.
Value chain management
The Group’s strategy is to ensure that all raw materials and resource procurement is conducted in a professional and transparent manner, meeting prescribed standards and quality. Our objective is to ensure that the Group procures raw materials in a sustainable way that minimises business risk. The Group places responsibility on management to ensure sustainable supply chain management in all our businesses, and also that our supply chain objectives are delivered in a sustainable manner.
The Group’s key raw materials are: maize, wheat, wheat bran, soya meal and soya beans. The quantities required by the Group are significant and the table below highlights the volumes consumed each year in production of our products.