Tiger Brands Limited

Sustainablility report


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The nature of our business, the relationships we have with stakeholders and the changing dynamics in our operating context, determine our most material sustainability issues and shape our purpose and strategy to create societal value.

We are a food business with aspirations for growth across Africa. Our operating context is characterised by intensifying market dynamics, shifting consumer and stakeholder expectations, and increasing complexity in which deepening social and environmental declines are becoming material to business performance IR. The health of our trade over the long term undeniably lies in the health and productivity of the natural systems we source from, and the people we employ and serve.

Our sustainability strategy supports delivery on our core purpose, communicates our forward-looking approach to sustainability, and orients the business towards improved environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. The strategy articulates our societal value-proposition and reflects our commitment to addressing our most material impacts and to creating broader social, economic and environmental value.

The strategy comprises three clear focus areas: health and nutrition; enhanced livelihoods; and environmental stewardship. Our commitments under these strategic pillars drive the pursuit of commercial opportunities in health and nutrition, the systematic transformation of our supply chain to promote more inclusive economic development, and the adoption of environmentally responsible production practices.

These strategic pillars are underpinned by a set of seven critical anchors: food safety and quality; ethical supply chain practices; safety, health and environment; responsible marketing; partnerships; and transparency. Our critical anchors represent key areas of competency and practice that are crucial for building a strong foundation in responsible business practice in our sector.

We have mapped our strategic goals and critical anchors across the SDGs, and prioritised eleven SDGs where we believe we can make the biggest contribution through our business and sustainability strategy.

  • Materiality process

We use a structured independently facilitated materiality process to help identify our most material ESG issues, and shape our sustainability strategy and disclosure (see our integrated reporting approach and sustainability approach ). The process is participatory in nature, and comprises a half-day workshop with relevant members of our executive and senior management teams. Through the process, we collectively analyse our business model, dependencies and impacts, external environment, and stakeholder interests. This analysis is followed by a discussion of the implications for (and of) our strategy, and a re-appraisal of the purpose and rigour of our reporting. We used this process in 2019 to first develop our sustainability strategy, and we ran a similar process in 2022 to validate our material issues, reflect on our strategy, guide our disclosure, and onboard new team members into the reporting process.


Health and nutrition   Enhanced livelihoods   Environmental stewardship
Enable consumers to improve their health and wellbeing   Improving the livelihoods of thousands of people   Significantly reducing our environmental footprint

We will enable consumers to improve their health and wellbeing by providing affordable good nutrition

  We will improve the livelihoods of thousands of people by providing opportunities across our value chain for inclusive economic participation   We will significantly reduce our environmental impact through innovative solutions
  • Develop nutritional standards for our products that meet or exceed globally recognised nutritional guidelines
  • Develop more nutritious, affordable food products, including fortification of new and existing products
  • Leverage our brand and marketing activities to promote consumer nutrition and health awareness and inspire positive behaviour change
  • Play a leading role in modern food labelling practices
  • Support new black and black women-owned enterprises and create sustainable livelihood opportunities by 2030
  • By 2030, 50% of our total local procurement spend will be towards black and black women-owned suppliers
  • Annually contribute at least 1,5% of net profit after tax towards socio-economic development activities that promote sustainable thriving communities
  • Attract, source and develop a skilled and diverse workforce, create an inclusive and collaborative work environment where our people can thrive, grow and innovate
  • Optimise our energy usage through integrated and environmentally friendly energy options
  • Optimise our water consumption through the evaluation of water reuse opportunities and responsible effluent discharges
  • Develop innovative product offerings that are “good for you” and “kind to the environment”
  • Provide innovative packaging solutions that minimise environmental impact
  • Implement circular economy initiatives that stimulate sustainable economic opportunities
  • Leverage our brand and marketing activities to inspire positive behaviour change in consumers
Ethical behaviour Purpose-led culture
Safety, health and environment Responsible marketing and communication
Partnerships and transparency Ethical supply chain
Food safety and quality