While sugar is often the economic backbone of the community where it is grown, many of these communities face common challenges of poverty, education and access to basic social services.
As a major buyer of raw sugar we have, for many years, used our influence and worked with partners to improve practices and build capacity in our supply chain to support the most vulnerable to adapt to many sustainability challenges. We are now encouraging our suppliers to certify their operations against credible and independent sustainability standards.
To ensure our supply chain is 100% sustainably sourced*:
We will continue to encourage our suppliers to certify their operations against credible and independent sustainability standards.
We will continue to require respect for human rights as set forth in The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and assure a supply chain free of child labour and forced labour.
We will continue to require respect for the environment, promote biodiversity and eliminate deforestation from our supply chain.
We will continue to support Fairtrade to work with our smallholder farmers and help them farm sustainably.
*It goes without saying that we aim to refine only sustainably sourced raw sugar.
In order to be transparent about what we mean by this, we have developed a definition to guide our commitment and actions.
While certification is not a cure-all, it is a useful step. We want all of our suppliers to be certified against an internationally recognised sustainability standard such as Bonsucro, Proterra, SAI FSA or Fairtrade. Where there is not sufficient volume of certified sugar in the market for us to purchase, we will purchase from suppliers who have been verified through our own rigorous ethical sourcing programme. We are committed to vigorously and continuously improving our monitoring and remediation processes while treating our suppliers fairly and with compassion.
Our case studies
Explore how we are working towards sustainably sourcing 100% of our raw cane sugar
Our three-step process for verification and certification
We have a rigorous three-step ethical sourcing programme that helps to give us and our stakeholders reassurance that our...Read more
Our Commitment to Fairtrade
Since 2008, Tate & Lyle Sugars has supported small-scale farmers through Fairtrade, generating US$58 million in Fairtrade Premiums*, more...Read more
Contracts for seasonal sugar cane harvesters in Belize
Belize is one of Tate & Lyle Sugars’ largest suppliers of raw cane sugar. Cane farming in Northern Belize...Read more