Sustainability report

CEO’s review

This is Tiger Brands’ third annual sustainability report. The report outlines our governance response and strategic commitments to sustainable development, and reviews our performance in delivering on these commitments, as well as on our most material environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts. Publication of the report reflects the company’s commitment to enhanced transparency and accountability.

It is fair to say that in the past, Tiger Brands has been somewhat insular from its broader role and responsibilities in society. Recognising the significant social and environmental challenges within the food system, and informed by the lessons learned from the listeriosis fallout, I believe strongly that as a company we should be more overt in acknowledging and managing our broader societal impacts and responsibilities. We should be more active in using our influence to drive positive change, with a confidence borne of competence, but tempered with humility.

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Noel Doyle
Chief executive officer

                Our 2020 performance at a glance

Health and nutrition

  • More than 87 million meals delivered, and 74 455 learners supported per day through the Tiger Brands Foundation
  • Innovation launches including: Addition of juice into the Maynards and Jelly Tots ranges; Launched lower sugar Jungle cereal bars; Launched Koo Black Beans; Launched Purity Junior Snacking range suitable for growing little ones, that contain no preservatives, artificial flavours or colourants; Hemp, Rooibos and Sensitive range launched on Ingrams; Launched Purity Toddler Snacking range with stronger health credentials for that age group.
  • We are proactively driving consumer education through:
    – Jungle Heart Health led communication
    – Ace High Fibre maize meal communication
    – Morvite Immunity campaign
    – Albany enhanced on-pack communication to highlight nutritional benefits.

Enhanced livelihoods

  • R12,3 billion spend during 2020 on BBBEE verified suppliers
  • Strong enterprise and supplier development drive, sourcing wheat, maize and beans from emerging black farmers
  • R32 million total socio-economic development spend (2019: R32,5 million, 2018: R32 million), reaching around 100 000 beneficiaries, including ad hoc projects such as Food Forward

Environmental stewardship

  • 4,18% reduction in absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) (Scope 1) emissions, 5,69% reduction in energy intensity
  • 8,84% reduction in absolute water use, 5,86% reduction in water intensity
  • 8,23% reduction in GHG emissions intensity
  • Light-weighted a large percentage of our aerosol cans and the food cans thus achieving a 10% reduction in body plate thickness. These are both significant initiatives to reduce our carbon and packaging footprint
  • 85% of our Beverages bottles now use recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET)

The role of Tiger Brands as an essential service provider during Covid-19, has highlighted the importance of our business as a key contributor to food and nutrition security in South Africa. People are our biggest asset; they shape and drive the success of our business.

Our response to Covid-19

The Tiger Brands Foundation was established to enhance our community impact and assist a broader range of underprivileged people in South Africa, particularly communities with whom we interact most.

Promoting nutrition through the Tiger Brands Foundation

Tiger Brands has published a position paper outlining the company’s position and commitment to addressing plastic waste.

Tiger Brands’ position on responding to the plastics challenge

Chairman of the social, ethics and transformation (SET) committee review

The social ethics and transformation (SET) committee that I chair is the primary mechanism for ensuring independent oversight and monitoring of Tiger Brands’ social and ethical performance.

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