We require that our suppliers of raw materials and services act responsibly and ethically. All of our suppliers must agree to our Code of Conduct, which includes specific accountability conditions regarding the rights, safety and equal treatment of employees.
We use a range of tools and practices to identify sustainability risks in our supply chain and thus ensure that our actions do not undermine or compromise human rights. We use the SEDEX platform to help us assess suppliers and identify risks. We are also an active member of the AIM-PROGRESS forum through our partner AB Enzymes in order to promote responsible sourcing and supply chain sustainability.
A large part of our environmental footprint comes from the transportation of our raw materials and products. We minimise emissions from logistics and the transportation of our products by favouring road and sea transport. We have found new ways to improve our transport processes and reduce the number of shipping containers needed, which lowers the GHG emissions from our operations.
All people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. Human rights are fundamental rights and freedoms which guarantee that every person can live a dignified and independent life without exploitation and discrimination. The rights include civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.
Roal is committed to respecting human rights and operates in accordance with the internationally recognised UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights throughout its supply and value chains.
We identify risks by auditing our suppliers. If human rights risks are identified, we investigate them thoroughly. We receive additional information from various non-governmental organizations, labour unions, and charities. Any violations are immediately addressed by taking appropriate measures. The aim is to remedy the situation and prevent repetition.
Modern slavery can take many forms, such as forced labour, child labour, human trafficking, and domestic servitude. Roal has zero tolerance towards all forms of human exploitation and we work to combat modern slavery together with our other parent company Associated British Foods plc (ABF) in accordance with the ABF Modern Slavery Statement. Roal’s Code of Ethics requires our subcontractors to follow the same principles.
Senior management and those in procurement, quality and customer service roles are trained to recognise the signs and risks of forced labour. The training provides lessons on what to do if you suspect modern slavery.