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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Deforestation & Biodiversity Water Use & Scarcity Waste & Pollution Antibiotics Animal Welfare Working Conditions Food Safety Sustainability Governance Alternative Proteins
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Scope 1, 2 & 3 Target
Type of Target
The company discloses its 2030 Science-Based Targets to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 operations by 50% and Scope 3 value chain, including purchased goods and services and upstream leased assets, by 50% per tonne sold. The company's Scope 3 emissions amount to approximately 96% of its total emissions (2,503,825 metric tonnes CO2e). Therefore, it is required to include Scope 3 emissions in its science-based targets. It discloses that methane emissions are included in the target boundaries, and no evidence was found that the company has a specific methane emission reduction target.
Source(s): Annual Report 2023, page 36, 37; Cranswick CDP Climate 2022, page 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58; SBTi Webpage; Webpage - APPROVED 1.5 DEGREE ALIGNED SCIENCE BASED TARGETS FOR SCOPE 1, 2 AND 3
Strength of Target - SBT
The company has SBTi-aligned targets to reduce its Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions, and the targets disclosed are aligned with the 1.5C scenario. It states that it is working towards a future SBTi-verified Net Zero target.
Innovation on GHG Emission Reduction
Innovation to Reduce Agriculture Emissions
The company has launched its 'Second-Nature' (SN) Agricultural Committee, which identifies climate challenges surrounding the feed supply. It is involved in trials with the government and suppliers to minimise emissions from agricultural activities under the Defra Environmental Land Management Scheme. In addition, all of its direct suppliers have received a survey to complete to enable us to understand where suppliers currently sit on various sustainability touchpoints.
Feed Farming Innovation
The company recognises the carbon impact of feed and transitioned to full mass balance RTRS-certified soya for its chicken feed, resulting in a 28% reduction in carbon emissions from their chicken farms. It states that it is trialling sunflower meal and field beans as a less GHG emission-intensive alternative to soy.
Source(s): Annual Report 2022; Annual Report 2023, page 34; Cranswick CDP Climate 2022, page 11, 31, 42, 82, 83
Animal Farming Innovation
The company is developing a low-carbon plan for its outdoor pigs. It trialled planting covering crops, and grass clover lay when the land was not actively used for livestock. It also targets non-mechanical agricultural emissions as a key area to target to achieve net zero.
Quality of GHG Inventory
Quality and scope of GHG inventory Completeness
In FY22, the company reported its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions (location-based) as 80,067 t CO2-eq and 33,499 t CO2-eq, respectively. It reports its Scope 3 emissions, which totalled 2,621,111 t CO2-eq, in its CDP response.
Feed & Animal Farming Emissions
In 2022/23, Scope 1 emissions were reported as 80,067 t CO2-eq, including non-mechanical agricultural emissions. It discloses its methane emissions from Scope 1 emissions as 21,185 m-t CO2-eq, and its reported Scope 3 emissions from purchased goods and services, including emissions from livestock, as 867,322 t CO2-eq. It reports its Scope 3 emissions from feed production as 549,683 t CO2-eq. It does not produce feed in its operations, so all feed-related emissions fall in the Scope 3 category. It mentions that land-use change emissions do not apply to its operations.
Source(s): Annual Report 2023, page 37, 47; Cranswick CDP Climate 2022, page 3, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 63, 66, 77; Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Intensity Ratios 2023, page 3
Transparency of GHG Inventory
The company responded to the CDP Climate Change questionnaire in FY22. PwC has audited the company's Scope 1 and 2 emissions data. However, it clearly states in its CDP Climate disclosure that a third party does not yet verify Scope 3 emissions.
Source(s): Annual Report 2023, page 37; Cranswick CDP Climate 2022, page 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59
Overall Emission Performance
The company reports an absolute reduction in its Scope 1 and 2 emissions from 122,378 in 2021/22 to 113,566 in 2022/23 (i.e., by 7.20%.) It discloses it reduced emissions from chicken farms by 28% due to switching its feed to 100% mass-balanced RTRS soy.
Climate-related Scenario Analysis
Climate-related Scenarios Analysis Conducted
The company discloses that in FY22, it conducted a climate scenario analysis to understand the effects of a 1.5°C and 4°C global warming trajectory. Further, in FY23, it assessed every operational site for sea level rise and flood risk under two different climate scenarios, 2°C and 4°C.
Disclosure of Analysis Results on Material Risks
The company considers the climate-related risk of increasing resource scarcity and price volatility of feed ingredients. It is working with suppliers to create sourcing plans to secure the supply of raw materials and review alternatives for key crops for use in animal feed. It considers the climate-related risk of increasing heat stress and mortality of animals. It mentions some response actions such as ventilation systems, evaporative cooling, misting systems, which can reduce temperatures by 4–5°C, and insulated huts to manage airflow. It discusses expected increases in energy prices and has discussed increasing its use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiencies to address this. It discusses that governments should increase carbon pricing and energy taxes to encourage carbon reduction. Further, it discloses several current and proposed projects that can potentially mitigate future carbon price increases.
Source(s): Annual Report 2023, page 40, 41, 44; Cranswick CDP Climate 2022, page 18
Disclosure of Financial Material Events & Alignment of CAPEX
The company's disclosure on capital expenditure does not indicate that sustainability criteria are considered a policy. Its disclosure has weakened between reporting periods.
Deforestation & Biodiversity
Deforestation/Conversion-free Target - Soy for Animal Feed
Risk Assessment to Identify High-risk Locations
The company states that soya is procured to be included in animal feed. It uses soy in the form of soybean meal and other soy derivatives. The percentage of procurement spent on soy is 1-5%. Furthermore, the company discloses that 91-99% of its revenue is dependent on soy, as it is a key component of animal feed used in its own and external protein production. It discloses that soy is sourced from the US, Canada, Brazil and Argentina, with Brazil and Argentina both being high-risk regions with regard to deforestation. The company states that it is transitioning towards 100% verified deforestation and conversion-free soya for use as feed on its farms. This year, it discloses that 100% of soy in its poultry feed was mass balance RTRS certified soya. All of the soy in its pig feed is regional mass balance RTRS certified soya, and it is aiming to have 100% of soy used in pig feed to be full mass balance RTRS certification by 2023. Despite this, the company does not disclose that 100% of its soy is from deforestation-free regions or suppliers. It provides details of risks identified with the potential to have a substantive financial or strategic impact on its business with respect to soy and discusses its risk mitigation strategy. However, the risk assessment does not identify all high-risk locations.
Strength of Deforestation Commitment
The company provides a public commitment to switching animal feed to 100% verified deforestation and conversion-free soya by 2025. It also has a target to source from verified zero-deforestation areas by 2025. The company has joined the UK Soy Manifesto and is committed to removing deforestation and habitat destruction from UK soy supply chains by 2025. Further, the cut-off date for all signatories is January 2020.
Regional & Operational Coverage of Commitment
The company aims to source from verified zero deforestation areas by 2025. Therefore, its commitment applies to all sourcing regions. The company is working with suppliers to increase the transition of all of the feed used on its farms to 100% verified deforestation and conversion-free soya.
Source(s): Annual Report 2023, page 9, 34, 42, 63; Cranswick CDP Forest 2022, page 3, 5, 7, 12, 22, 23; Group Soya Policy 2019, page 1; Webpage - CRANSWICK JOINS UK INDUSTRY LEADERS TO CUT DEFORESTATION- AND CONVERSION-LINKED SOY FROM SUPPLY CHAINS BY 2025
Transparency - Progress Against Commitment
The company discloses that in FY22, 100% of the soy used in its poultry feed was mass balance RTRS certified. Since the company's soybean supply is RTRS-certified, this information has been audited. The company has also disclosed data in the CDP Forests 2022.
Engagement, Monitoring & Traceability - Soy for Animal Feed
The company is committed to ensuring that its supply chain is made aware of the impact of soya on deforestation in particular areas of South America. Further, it is committed to engaging with its suppliers to make progress and embed sustainability. The company states that it is involved in multi-partnership and stakeholder initiatives like the Cerrado Working Group (GTC) and the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soy. Cranswick is also a supporter of the Government Round Table on sustainable soya and a signatory to the Statement of Support for the Cerrado Manifesto.
Compliance monitoring & Traceability
The company is working with its direct soy suppliers. It monitors compliance with the forests-related policies, commitments, and other requirements by issuing a sustainability pledge and questionnaire to 500 soy suppliers in 2021. The questionnaire covered general sustainability issues, including those relating to forest risk commodities. The company has managed to trace 100% of procured soya to locations of origin. However, it is currently unable to ascribe a % value to each individual location. The countries of origin are the US, Canada, Brazil and Argentina.
Source(s): Annual Report 2023, page 34; Cranswick CDP Forest 2022, page 12, 37, 38, 46, 47, 48, 49; Group Deforestation Policy 2022, page 1; Group Sustainable Procurement Policy 2023, page 1, 2
The company is assessing options to replace soya from livestock diets with sunflower meal and field beans.
Water Use & Scarcity
Water Use & Scarcity in Facilities
Monitoring Water Consumption & Withdrawals
The company has conducted a water risk assessment using the WRI Aqueduct Tool and found that two of its operational sites are in areas of water stress. Water withdrawals and operational sites are assessed using the WRI Aqueduct and WWF Water Risk Filter Tools to identify areas of water stress. The results disclose that only 1/18 of its production facilities are considered to have potential exposure to water risk. The company reports its water consumption. It reports investing in initiatives to help conserve and reuse water across all operations. Further, it is investigating water recycling technology at pig farms.
Target to Reduce Water Consumption & Withdrawals
The company discloses its target to reduce water intensity by 25% by 2025 at all of its manufacturing sites against a 2020 baseline. Furthermore, the company reports that it has currently reduced 6.7% of water intensity against a 2020 baseline.
Source(s): Annual Report 2023, page 35, 41, 47; Cranswick CDP Water 2022, page 4, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 19, 36, 37; Water Policy 2022, page 1
Disclosure & Performance of Water Risks in Facilities
The company discloses that its water is sourced from groundwater and third-party sources (i.e., a utility provider). It discloses that 1.9% of the total water withdrawn and 0.6% of the total water consumed was from an area of high baseline water stress. It discloses a decline of water-related CAPEX by 82% and states this was due to the previous year's expenditure being high due to growth within the business. The company discloses that water-related OPEX has increased by 13% in the last reporting period. Water usage is monitored through internal and third-party certification audits and the company disclosed data to CDP Water in 2022. The company's absolute water usage has increased year-on-year. However, the water intensity has reduced by 2.3% year-on-year due to investment in initiatives to help conserve and reuse water across operations.
Water Use & Scarcity in Feed Farming
Supplier Engagement in Water Use in Feed Farming
The company aims to communicate the expectations for good water stewardship to its supply chain, including setting water reduction targets. It is part of an oversight panel of the WRAP Water Stewardship Roadmap that looks to explore risks associated with water management. However, it is unclear if this includes feed supply.
Source(s): Annual Report 2023, page 33, 46, 47, 49; Cranswick CDP Water 2022, page 12; Water Policy 2022, page 3
Disclosure of Water Risks in Feed Farming
The company discloses that it is working with the Soy Transparency Coalition to provide more visibility of its soy supply chain, thereby enabling reporting of data relating to feed sourced from water-stressed areas. However, the company does not currently report this information. It does disclose that less than 1% of its contractors and producers are located in areas of high or extremely high baseline water stress. However, it is unclear if this includes external feed suppliers. The company discloses that it is aiming to diversify the plant raw materials used in its animal feed, reducing reliance on soy and wheat. However, this does not seem to have the aim of improving water efficiency.
Water Use & Scarcity in Animal Farming
Supplier Engagement in Water Use in Animal Farming
The company has a Group Water Policy in which it discloses its strategy to address water scarcity, including in its own farming operations. However, the company does not have a target specifically for its animal farming operations.
Source(s): Annual Report 2023, page 49, 63; Water Policy 2022, page 1, 2
Disclosure of Water Risks in Animal Farming
The company has signed up for the WRAP Water Roadmap with the aim of increasing fresh food sourced from areas with sustainable water management, including the internal supply chain.
Waste & Pollution
Wastewater at Facilities
Disclosure & Targets for Wastewater Quality & Volume Discharged
The company discloses that during FY23, there were zero incidents of non-compliance with water quality permits, standards and regulations. It discloses the use of the WRI Aqueduct tool. However, it states that it only evaluates this risk from the perspective of baseline water stress and depletion.
Transparency on Water Pollution Risks
The company reports the volume of wastewater discharged in the reporting year. This includes all effluent/wastewater discharged onsite and off-site. The company has responded to the 2022 CDP Water Security questionnaire, however, It does not verify any water-related information that it reports.
Source(s): Annual Report 2023, page 47; Cranswick CDP Water 2021.pdf, page 7; Cranswick CDP Water 2022, page 3, 7, 8, 40
Performance on Wastewater Quality & Volume Discharged
The company's wastewater discharge decreased in the reporting year. Notably, the company discloses that this reduction was due to an issue with the treatment plant at one of its sites, meaning a greater volume had to be directly discharged off-site.
Nutrient Management in Feed Farming
Supplier Engagement in Nutrient Pollution Risks
The company discusses soil health and regenerative practices and is part of an initiative that addresses policies for more sustainable crop rotations. However, it is unclear whether this is implemented within the company's feed production.
Source(s): Annual Report 2023, page 34, 63
Innovation to Improve Nutrient Management in Feed Farming
The company states that regenerative farming is vital to continue producing food sustainably. The company is involved in a supply chain pilot with DEFRA, Natural England and WWF to trial sustainable farming approaches. One of the trials being undertaken involves rotational grazing of pigs, and as such, this is linked to feed farming.
Manure Management in Animal Farming
Disclosure of Pollution Risks from Manure
The company discloses that all animal litter and manure from its pigs are managed according to a nutrient management plan. ‘Straw for muck’ arrangements are used, which ensures local arable farmers utilise manure for their crops.
Supplier Engagement in Manure Management
It is unclear whether the company requires nutrient management plans from the animal suppliers it sources from.
Source(s): Annual Report 2023, page 47
Innovation to Improve Nutrient Management in Animal Farming
The company does not integrate nutrient management performance into incentive schemes for farmers. It does not discuss innovation in manure or provide evidence of a community engagement plan in relation to pollution.
Policy on Antibiotics Use
Source(s): AMR Policy 2023.pdf, page 1; Animal Welfare Policy 2023, page 1; Annual Report 2023, page 6, 48, 62, 70; FIIA antibiotic policy_Cranswick; Group Antimicrobial Resistance Policy 2023, page 1, 2
Policy on Antibiotics Use
The company commits to a comprehensive antibiotics policy aligned with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) guidelines, restricting the use of highest priority critically important antibiotics (HP-CIAs) under stringent conditions and prohibiting routine use including growth promotion. It is also committed to the continual revision and enforcement of its antimicrobial policies. Furthermore, it undertakes measures such as biosecurity and vaccination protocols to diminish disease incidence, reduce animal confinement, and routine procedures including castration, tail docking, and teeth clipping. The company also commits to providing appropriate living conditions and environmental enrichment for each species.
Disclosure of Quantity of Antibiotics Used
Source(s): Annual Report 2022, page 51; Annual Report 2023, page 48, 62; Group Antimicrobial Resistance Policy 2023, page 1, 2
Disclosure of Quantity of Antibiotics Used
The company reports that its average antibiotic use for the period 2022-2023 was 57.1mg/pcu in pig farming and 6.7mg/pcu in poultry farming, both figures significantly below industry standards. It notes a decrease in antibiotic usage in poultry farms from 13.92mg/pcu in 2021/22 to 6.7mg/pcu in 2022/23. However, antibiotic use in pig farms increased from 47.4mg/pcu in the 2021/22 period to 57.1mg/pcu in 2022/23, attributed to labour and supply chain issues. Despite this increase, the company's antibiotic usage remains below industry averages of 87mg/pcu for pigs and 14mg/pcu for poultry.
Animal Welfare Policy
The company commits to the Five Freedoms in its animal welfare policy and extends this commitment across operations and supply chains. It also promotes animal welfare training for all staff. In the case of a policy breach, it has protocols to work with suppliers or cease trading. Additionally, it collaborates with customers and suppliers to address animal welfare in pig and poultry chains, and has established three concept farms for welfare-focused research.
Source(s): Animal Welfare Brochure 2023, page 7, 13, 19, 22, 23; Animal Welfare Policy 2023, page 1, 2; Annual Report 2023, page 49
Key Welfare Issues
The company commits to preventing close confinement across all species and ensures 100% crate-free pork from its owned farms. It also commits to avoiding routine procedures like tail docking and teeth clipping on pigs and beak trimming on poultry. Transport times for all livestock are capped at eight hours, and pre-stunning prior to slaughter is standard. Furthermore, it mandates environmental enrichment for various species across its supply chain.
Assurance & Certification
Auditing & Assurance by an Animal Welfare Organisation
The company discloses that in its pork operations, supplying approximately 50% of its pork, 79% is certified to RSPCA standards and 100% to Red Tractor standards. The company discloses that all its poultry production aligns with Red Tractor standards. The company discloses that all of its poultry and pork production align with Red Tractor standards, categorised as a 'low-tier' programme.
Source(s): Animal Welfare Brochure 2023, page 21; Annual Report 2023, page 47, 62
Public Reporting on Welfare
The company has annually reported animal welfare outcome measures such as Dead on Arrivals, lameness, slips/falls, and body lesions since 2016 and cites improvement in body lesions in 2022. However, the data is only disclosed up to 2020, and no updated figures were released during the reporting period.
Performance on Key Material Risks
Source(s): Animal Welfare Brochure 2023, page 5, 9, 12, 13; Animal Welfare Policy 2023, page 1, 2; Annual Report 2023, page 43, 47, 62
Performance on Key Material Welfare Risks by Protein
The company discloses that 100% of its pork and 96% from suppliers are crate-free and commits to avoiding tail docking, though only 30% of supplied pigs comply. It also commits to eliminating pig castration, with 70% of European pork meeting this criterion. Furthermore, 2.3% of laying hens and all ducks are free from mutilations, and it endorses environmental enrichment for pig suppliers. All poultry meet Red Tractor standards, and the company commits to 100% effective stunning before slaughter. However, standards are not universally applied, the stunning method remains undisclosed, and there is no mention of higher welfare breeds.
Strength of Policy
The company commits in writing to uphold human rights per the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Core Conventions on labour standards, working hours and health and safety for workers.
Due Diligence Process
The company discloses that it identifies and mitigates slavery and human trafficking risks. The company states that all of its sites undergo unannounced SEDEX Ethical Trade Audits every other year, and these are supported by the company's annual ethical verification audits conducted by an Internal Social Systems Auditor. In addition, the company utilises a mapping tool to categorise suppliers by risk level. However, these assessments only cover slavery and human trafficking risks, and there is no information regarding a human rights due diligence process protecting all other human rights. To mitigate risk, the company provides employees with information, guidance, training and equipment on issues related to human rights, modern slavery, and human trafficking. However, the company does not discuss how to provide remediation or implement mitigation procedures in response to an identified risk.
Source(s): Group Human Rights Policy 2023, page 1, 3; Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement, page 3, 4, 6
Evidence of Remediation
The company does not disclose whether it has identified any human rights risks in its operations through human rights due diligence
Fair Working Conditions
Policy for Direct Operations
The company commits in writing to prohibit forced labour, child labour, inhumane treatment and discrimination in its operations and requires suppliers to comply with these commitments. However, the company does not discuss if it ensures its employees are paid a living wage. All company sites undergo SMETA audits. These globally recognised social audits are widely used and cover all selected policies.
Source(s): Annual Report 2023, page 61, 78; Equal Opportunities, Harassment & Dignity at Work Policy 2023, page 1; Ethical Trading Policy 2023, page 1, 2, 3, 4; Group Human Rights Policy 2023, page 2, 3; Group Whistleblowing Policy 2023, page 1, 2, 4; SMETA Checklist
Monitoring & Discosure
The company discloses that suppliers are monitored continuously through the Group Technical Services (GTS) team or third-party audits, such as the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) and BRCGS Food Safety Standard. The company describes grievance mechanisms available for employees and external stakeholders, allowing anonymous reporting. However, it does not mention involving employees or their representatives in the design or evaluation of the channel. The company reports that 14 whistleblowing reports were received by the independently operated hotline during the reporting period. It states these were predominantly related to human resource-related matters but does not categorise them further.
Safety & Turnover Data
Committee representation of workers
The company has a health and safety policy, and all its sites are accredited to the ISO45001 Health and Safety Management system. The company supports a framework for employees that includes site-based health and safety committees, committee meetings held at least quarterly, and appointed representatives from recognised trade unions under the safety representatives and safety committees where required. However, it does not disclose the portion of facilities/sites with health and safety committees with worker representatives. Further, the company's Group Antimicrobial Resistance Policy does not discuss risk for its workforce.
Source(s): Annual Report 2023, page 25, 48, 56, 57; Group Antimicrobial Resistance Policy 2023; Health and Safety Policy 2023, page 5, 9
Disclosure of safety and turnover data
The company discloses its reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations (RIDDOR) frequency rate per 100,000 hours to be 0.24 in 2023, an improvement compared to 2022, where the RIDDOR reported was 0.27. In addition, the company discloses that the fatality rate was zero in both the reporting and the previous year. The company also reports that the average employee turnover rate has increased from 2.91% to 3.34% since the prior year due to increased labour competition. However, it does not provide a breakdown of turnover by seniority level or whether it is at the factory/corporate level.
Freedom of Association
Strength of Policies
The company respects its employees' right to freedom of association and collective bargaining. However, it does not disclose a unionisation rate. The company also expects suppliers to respect their employees' right to collective bargaining and freedom of association. However, this is not an explicit requirement.
Source(s): Ethical Trading Policy 2023, page 1
Disclosure of Collective Bargaining Metrics
While the company provides a basic statement on collective bargaining rights, it does not disclose the percentage of its workforce covered by collective bargaining agreements. Moreover, the company does not disclose the distribution of its workforce across existing contractual agreements.
Food Safety System
The company discloses that the GFSI certification used across facilities is BRCGS. It reports that 19 of 22 facilities have received a BRC grade of A or above. Therefore, it is clear that the majority of its facilities are GFSI-certified. Its new acquisitions were also audited by BRC and received grades A and AA. Further, it discloses that suppliers are approved through GTS audits or independent third-party audits, such as the BRCGS. It reports that 100% of its animal protein suppliers are certified to a GFSI programme. However, it does not explicitly require its suppliers to obtain this. Further, none of its independent producers are certified to a GFSI programme. As it does not provide the total number of suppliers and categorisation between animal protein suppliers and independent producers, the exact proportion of suppliers certified by GFSI certification is unclear.
Source(s): Annual Report 2023, page 5, 25, 32, 48, 59, 61
The company discloses that 17 production facilities were audited against the BRCGS Food Safety standard. In FY23, 384 internal audits were carried out across the Group compared to 481 in FY22. The rate for major and minor non-conformances was reported as 0 and 3.35, respectively. The corrective action rate for major non-conformances is zero, and for minor non-conformances is 100%. Further, it has introduced a new Cranswick Manufacturing Standard (CMS) that ensures greater consistency in the safety, traceability, quality, and provenance of raw ingredients and manufacturing processes. It embeds the CMS across all of its production sites so that they automatically comply with any new customer specifications or standards. However, it is still being determined whether this technology is available for end consumers.
Product Recalls & Market Bans
Product Recall Systems
The company recognises food safety incidents as material, as those incidents could lead to product recall costs, reputational damage, and regulatory penalties. It has a crisis management procedure and has introduced Food Safety and Quality Committees at sites with representatives from all functions and shifts. The company is encouraged to disclose full details regarding its product recall system. There were two food safety-related recalls in FY23 and one in FY22. It reveals that its product recall of 284.8kg in 2022 led to lower revenue from the Cooked Poultry business unit. However, net of mitigation, the recall did not have a material impact on the company's results. Further, it states that the total number of audits conducted in FY23 is less compared to FY22, due to additional support required to one of its sites following the FY22 recall incident. In response to the recalls, it states it has implemented additional food safety checks, streamlined internal communication channels and created additional internal training programmes.
Source(s): Annual Report 2022, page 28; Annual Report 2023, page 29, 48, 61, 74; Group Food Safety & Quality Policy 2023, page 1
The company reports that there were no market bans during the reporting year, and none were detected in the media screening.
Assessment of a Company's Sustainability Governance
The company discloses that the board oversees its sustainability strategy and objectives. The company discloses that it has conducted a risk assessment and discloses its principal risks based on high likelihood and impact, which the board reviews. Some main risks identified and mapped include reliance on key customers and exports, disease and infection within livestock, cyber security, consumer demand, and climate change. The company has also undertaken an individual materiality assessment dedicated solely to climate-related risks and plots risks by risk impact and whether the risk is short, medium or long-term. The company disclose board-level expertise in sustainability, food safety and innovation.
Incentives & Policy Engagement
The company discloses linking Executive Directors' long-term incentives with emissions, energy, and water intensity targets and the percentages of variable remuneration related to these target areas. The company reports that through multi-stakeholder partnerships, it engages with various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) at the national and local levels and strategic partners, including retailers, food companies and universities, to help set policies, improve industry standards and develop innovative solutions. The topics of engagement range from climate action, tackling plastic and food waste, zero deforestation, sustainable farming, animal welfare, and responsible use of antibiotics. The company also discusses trade association memberships and states that it actively engages with BMPA and that this association involves engaging with governments on climate change in alignment with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Source(s): Annual Report 2023, page 21, 25, 38, 39, 59, 62, 63, 68, 71, 81, 82, 83, 97, 98, 109, 110, 119, 129; Cranswick CDP Climate 2022, page 12, 85, 86, 87; Webpage - CRANSWICK TOP THE BETTER FOOD INDEX
Innovation & Benchmarking
The company aims to remove plastics from the packaging through streamlining and materials innovation. Additionally, the company is investing in technology and innovative processing techniques to tackle issues such as food waste and energy efficiency. The company also discloses that this year, it has been ranked first in the second annual edition of The Better Food Index, which ranks the performance of UK food companies based on their social and environmental impact.
Diversification of Products to Alternative Protein Sources
Existing product portfolio
The company acknowledges that consumers' shifting dietary trends may reduce demand for core products as they become more aware of the environmental impacts. This is recognised as a climate-related business risk. It is responding by offering alternative protein options to meet changing customer requirements. However, it has not yet set a timebound target to diversify protein sources, nor does it report sales/revenue linked to alternative protein sources.
Source(s): ACQUISITION OF LEADING MEDITERRANEAN FOODS BUSINESS; Annual Report 2022, page 22; Annual Report 2023, page 28, 40; Webpage - RAMONA'S KITCHEN
Investing for future growth
In FY22, the company acquired two UK-based European vegan cuisine businesses to expand its non-meat offering alongside its Cranswick Mediterranean Foods business. These include Ramona’s Kitchen, a Mediterranean plant-based dips and foods supplier, and Atlantica UK, which imports continental produce such as tortillas and pastes. However, it is not clear whether these brands offer non-animal-based products that directly substitute and/or mimic animal protein or ingredients.
2023 Risk Score:
Poultry and eggs, Pork
Company Feedback Given:
31st October 2023
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