Tiger Brands Limited

Sustainablility report


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We aim to report meaningfully against the delivery of our sustainability strategy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and are working to define clearer targets and milestones to 2030.

Delivering on our sustainability strategy

We use the roadmap below to track our sustainability performance against key commitments, while we continue to work on refining our approach.

Priority SDGs

Empower good nutrition choices for 100 million African consumers annually, through:

  • EWLW (Eat Well Live Well)
  • Product innovation and renovation
  • Branding and messaging
  • Feeding schemes and SED partnerships
  • Venture funding of healthy food companies
  • Portfolio shifts

75% of our food portfolio to meet our EWLW nutritional standards for healthier product categories “improved-for-you” and “good-for-you”.

  Develop nutritional standards for our products that meet or exceed globally recognised nutritional guidelines.  
  • Standards continue to be formalised through NICUS
  • Introduced a three-tier nutritional categorisation of our products
  • Ongoing categorisation of product range against criteria
  • ± 50% of our portfolio meets EWLW nutritional standards for healthier product categories “improved-for-you” and “good-for-you”
  Develop more nutritious and affordable products, including fortification of new and existing products.  
  • Monthly health and nutrition strategy into action workshop sessions to ensure execution
  • Micronutrient enrichment across >30% of our portfolio
  • Seven healthier products launched
  Leverage our brand and marketing activities to promote consumer health and nutrition awareness, and inspire positive behaviour change.  
  • R76 million spent on marketing health and nutrition products
  • R3,3 million EWLW spend
  • KOO “Colour Your Plate” TV show continued for second season
  • Reached millions through EWLW and Morvite campaigns
  Play a leading role in modern food labelling practices.  
  • 100% adherence to EWLW and Be-Nutrient-Wise standards
  • Continue to support “good for you” pouch reformulations through new Purity fruit products
Priority SDGs

Invest in sustainable communities

  • 20 community enterprises

Enterprise and supplier development

  • Support 1 000 black enterprises
  • Create 4 000 jobs
  • ESD fund of R400 million through partnerships

Preferential procurement

  • Prioritise local/regional sourcing of agricultural raw materials
  • 50% of our total local procurement spend towards black/black women-owned suppliers
  • 100% of our products ethically sourced

Employee diversity

  • 50% female representation
  • 80% African, Coloured and Indian (ACI) representation across all management levels

Annually contribute at least 1,5% of net profit after tax towards socio-economic development (SED) activities that promote sustainable thriving communities.

  • R25,8 million SED spend
  • 300+ schools reached through EduPlant
  • 14 university campuses included in Plates4Days
  • 103 989 food hampers delivered
  • 58 048 reached through Family Food programme

Support new black/black women-owned enterprises and create sustainable livelihood opportunities by 2030.

  • R104 million Dipuno Fund
  • Two new agriculture aggregators on-boarded
  • Three black aggregators supported to cultivate white beans, groundnuts, tomatoes, wheat and sorghum
  • Two black aggregators supported to cultivate maize
  • 67 farmers supported under the aggregator mode
  • 271 permanent jobs created to date in small-scale farming sector and 628 seasonal jobs bringing a total of 899 seasonal and permanent jobs
  • R54,4 million investment in agriculture projects
  • Winner of ABSA/Business Day ESD Award, and Collaboration Award

50% of our total local procurement spend will be towards black/black women-owned suppliers by 2030.

  • 91% of total procurement spend with local suppliers (municipalities, public sector companies and includes international suppliers with a local presence)
  • 56% of local procurement spend with B-BBEE-verified suppliers
  • 47% of total local procurement spend with black and black women-owned suppliers
  • R25 billion with local suppliers
  • R14,1 billion total spend with B-BBEE verified suppliers
  • R6,6 billion with suppliers that qualify as black-owned
  • R5,1 billion with suppliers that qualify as black women-owned

To attract, source and develop a skilled and diverse workforce, and create an inclusive and collaborative work environment, where our people can thrive, grow and innovate.

  • 31% female workforce
  • 42% female senior management, and 30% female top management
  • 58% ACI in senior management, and 60% at top management
  • 78% ACI across all management levels
  • 0,6% people with disabilities
Priority SDGs

Sustainable manufacturing facilities:


  • 65% of all electrical energy at manufacturing sites from sustainable energy solutions
  • Reduce energy intensity (kWh/tonne) across all sites by 30%


  • Reduce water intensity (kl/tonne) across all sites by 30%
  • Achieve a water intensity figure of 1,12 kl/tonne

GHG emissions

  • Reduce carbon emissions by 45% for scope 1 and 2 emissions
  • Work towards achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050


  • Zero waste to landfill at all sites
  • 50% reduction in production of food waste from a 2022 baseline

Sustainable packaging solutions

  • 100% of plastic packaging is recyclable/compostable
  • All plastic packaging (by volume) to contain at least 50% recycled plastic

Optimise our energy usage through integrated and environmentally friendly energy options.

  • Continued with energy system optimisation (ESO) and energy management systems (EnMS) programmes
  • 7,2% year-on-year reduction in absolute energy use
  • 7,9% year-on-year reduction in electrical energy intensity
  • 13,1% year-on-year reduction in absolute direct (scope 1) GHG emissions
  • 12,9% year-on-year reduction in GHG emissions intensity

Optimise our water consumption through the evaluation of water re-use opportunities and responsible effluent discharges.

  • Industrial water efficiency (IWE) assessments conducted at most water-intensive operations
  • 8,3% year-on-year reduction in absolute water use
  • 7,1% reduction in water-use intensity

Develop innovative product offerings that are “good for you” and “kind to the environment”.

Provide innovative packaging solutions that minimise environmental impact.

  • Continued with waste reduction projects at site level, diverting organic waste from landfill to animal feed
  • 32% year-on-year reduction in waste to landfill intensity
  • Baseline assessment of packaging footprint completed representing 80% of volume and sales
  • Light weighting optimised across portfolio
  • Committed to the SA Plastics Pact targets
  • 70% of plastic packaging is recyclable

Implement closed-loop/circular economy initiatives that stimulates sustainable economic opportunities.

Leverage our brand and marketing activities to inspire positive behaviour change in consumers.

  • Continued exploring value-adding circular economy projects for recycled plastic waste
  • Continued to work through CGCSA to develop a voluntary industry food-waste reduction framework for South Africa


The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set a long-term agenda to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. We are committed to playing our role in delivering on these goals, and our sustainability strategy prioritises eleven SDGs where we believe we can make the biggest contribution.

We work to end poverty and reduce inequality by prioritising the employment of historically disadvantaged South Africans (see critical anchor) prioritising black economic empowerment through our ownership and procurement structures; creating opportunities for inclusive economic participation in our value chain; investing in socio-economic development (see enhanced livelihoods) and working to promote decent work and sustainable economic growth (see SDG 8).    
We work to end hunger, improve nutrition, and ensure good health and wellbeing by protecting the health and wellness of our employees (see safety, security, health and environment and our people) providing direct food aid to households and students; investing in community food resilience; investing in in-school food programmes (see enhanced livelihoods) tackling food waste and loss (see environmental stewardship) producing affordable nutritious food products; fortifying staple foods and other food products; promoting healthy diets and lifestyles; and supporting consumer education on health and nutrition (see health and nutritution).
We promote and work towards sustainable consumption and production, including work to ensure water availability and protect terrestrial ecosystems, by participating in industry action on waste and food waste; optimising energy and water use; managing effluent; and minimising solid waste, plastic packaging, food waste (see environmental stewardship) promoting environmentally responsible sourcing practices (see ethical supply chain). We further address water availability concerns by taking action to combat climate change (see SDG 13 ).    
We work to achieve gender equality and empower women by prioritising the employment, development and promotion of women across the business; prioritising the appointment of women to senior management and leadership positions; supporting a women’s employee network; providing unique development opportunities for female employees and leaders; and practising equal work for equal pay (see our people).
We work to combat climate change by committing to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and implementing initiatives to optimise our energy use and reduce our GHG emissions, including through onsite renewable energy development (see environmental stewardship).    
We work to ensure decent work, protect terrestrial ecosystems, and promote sustainable economic growth by executing our growth strategy and implementing our sustainability strategy (see IR and strategy) ensuring sound and ethical business governance and management (see IR and sustainability approach) upholding human rights, good labour standards and working conditions (see crictial anchors and ethical supply chain and our people) practising fair remuneration (see great place to work) reducing inequality and gender inequality (see SDG 10 and 5) and promoting responsible consumption and production (see SDG 12).
We work to build partnerships and strengthen the means of implementing sustainable development by prioritising partnerships in our approach to implementing our sustainability strategy, addressing our most material environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts, and contributing to the achievement of all our priority SDGs (see strategy and partnerships for sustainability).