2 Sisters announce initiatives on education and transparency

03-05-2018 | |
2 Sisters announce initiatives on education and transparency. Photo: 2 Sisters
2 Sisters announce initiatives on education and transparency. Photo: 2 Sisters

Moves to create a culture of transparency, trust and honesty have been set up by 2 Sisters Food Group, Britain’s largest private food manufacturer.

Employees asked to share their ideas

2 Sisters Food Group has launched a new colleague suggestion scheme – TalktoMe – which encourages employees from across the business to share their ideas on ways to improve the organisation.

Initiatives prompted by negative publicity

Ranjit Singh, Boparan Holdings Ltd president, said he was keen to drive forward a better business following a raft of unwelcome publicity over standards at various company plants.

“TalktoMe is a way of celebrating the brilliant things we are doing around the business, sharing best practice and exploring new ideas. Our colleagues are vital to the success of our business and we want to ensure they have a voice to share their valuable insights.”

Publishing of data

The initiative follows the company’s decision to become the first firm to publish their UK Poultry audit results in 2017 along with promises to share information on their whistleblowing and health and safety data over the coming months.

Supporting budding farmers

2 Sisters Food Group has also been working with Tesco’s Future Farmer Foundation programme, which supports budding farmers aged 20-35 to build their business skills and knowledge to kick start their career.

A group of 12 visited the food group’s Coupar Angus plant recently and were given a presentation by site general manager Russell Allan. Andrew Gibson, agricultural manager, said it was the third year the firm had supported the Future Farming Foundation.

“Clearly understanding the supply chain is a crucial part of their overall knowledge, so it is excellent to showcase the poultry supply and share what happens after their animals leave the farm gate. We are committed as a business to improving awareness, understanding and standards in the industry and are delighted to support the programme.”

Feet on Farm initiative

2 Sisters are also to become the first supplier to host a new Tesco initiative, Feet on Farm, which will see Tesco store managers invited to farms across the UK to develop their understanding of where their chicken products come from.

The first visit is due to take place in June at a farm in Lincolnshire.

Tony Mcdougal Freelance Journalist