Burton’s Biscuit Company has long recognised the benefits of using ethically and sustainably sourced raw materials. As members of Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), we actively monitor the ethical standards to which we, and our suppliers, adhere to.
Burton’s Biscuit Company purchases all of its bulk palm oil from sustainable, segregated sources. We have supported the drive towards palm oil sustainability since 2006, when we became a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and we were also one of the first companies to purchase the initial RSPO certified segregated palm oil in the UK.
Validating our ongoing commitment to sourcing sustainable palm oil, the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) scored Burton’s Biscuit Company with top marks (9/9) in its most recent Palm Oil Buyers’ Scorecard (Nov. 2011).
We also only source cocoa based products from suppliers that are members of the ICI (International Cocoa Initiative) or the WCF (World Cocoa Foundation). The ICI supports schemes and organisations that are working to eradicate child labour in the cocoa sector and the WCF funds work to ensure the sustainability of the cocoa industry through programmes such as The Sustainable Tree Corps Program and also helps improve the livelihood of cocoa farmers.
Burton’s Biscuit Company has also taken the decision to source 100% barn or free range eggs from the beginning of 2012. These non-caged eggs are sourced from suppliers which fully comply with trade regulations and maintain traceable auditing processes for reassurance.
Wherever possible, we actively look to source locally produced ingredients for our products. This not only helps support the local economies in which we operate, but also gives us additional reassurance over the provenance and quality of our ingredients.
Doing our part to help safeguard the future of the environment remains a focus for Burton’s Biscuit Company, both within the local communities in which we operate and further afield. We recognise that as our business footprint grows, so does our responsibility towards ensuring environmentally sustainable practices are adopted and adhered to.
To help mitigate the impact our business could have on the environment, we actively work with all our partners and other organisations across our supply chain to minimise our collective impact on the environment by adopting actionable and achievable targets to reduce carbon emissions and trim our use of resources such as water and energy.
Burton’s Biscuit Company is continuously working to reduce the environmental impact of the packaging materials we use for our products. By working closely with our suppliers, WRAP and actively supporting the Courtauld 2 agreement, we are respecting our commitment to reducing waste and using sustainable packaging materials where practicable. We’re also making strides towards achieving our zero waste to landfill objectives.
Burton’s Biscuit Company is a firm believer in the importance of maintaining socially responsible practices across our operations.