Modern Slavery Act Statement
Ingredion UK Limited is part of the Ingredion Group. Ingredion is an innovative, customer-focused company that has built a reputation for providing the highest quality ingredients to our customers. We expect our suppliers to share the core values that reflect our principles and business practices. Our Purpose is this: “We bring the potential of people, nature, and technology together to create ingredient solutions that make life better.”
Our Values are the following:
- Care First - We actively work to safeguard and enable the well-being of our people, the quality of our products and our reputation for trust and integrity. In addition, we are committed to the sustainability of the planet and our corporate social responsibilities.
- Be Preferred - We earn the right to be customer-preferred by delivering mutual enduring value at every touchpoint of the customer experience.
- Everyone Belongs - We embrace diversity and proactively foster an inclusive work environment where each person is valued and feels inspired to contribute their best.
- Innovate Boldly - We courageously strive for breakthrough innovations driven by our relentless curiosity, bold thinking, speed of decision-making and agile execution.
- Owner's Mindset - We think and act like owners - where everyone takes personal responsibility to anticipate challenges, proactively search for opportunities and make decisions that are in the best interest of the company.
Slavery, human trafficking and child labour has no place anywhere in our business.
Ingredion worldwide has its our own Ingredion Policies on Business Conduct, which build on these values. You will also find on this link, our statement on Environmental, Health, Safety and Security Management System Principles.
The Policies on Business Conduct state that Ingredion: protects the human rights of employees and to treats them with dignity and respect; provides a safe and healthy working environment; recruits and encourages a diverse workforce, with equal opportunities; adheres to the highest standards of ethical conduct and compliance with law. The Ingredion Supplier Code of Conduct is a supporting code to the Ingredion Policies on Business Conduct. Suppliers are expected to take note of, and adhere to, both the Policies on Business Conduct, and this code.
It is our aspiration to become the employer, supplier, neighbour, investment and Company of choice for our many stakeholders. To do this, Ingredion is committed to promoting sustainable practices throughout its organisation and to adhering to high moral and ethical standards wherever Ingredion does business. Click here for more information.
Ingredion UK Limited is UK registered limited liability company, which is wholly owned by the Ingredion Group of Companies. Its ultimate parent company is Ingredion Incorporated, which has its head office at 5 Westbrook Corporate Center, Westchester, IL 60154, USA. Ingredion is a leading global ingredients solutions company, operating in various countries worldwide – please visit the Ingredion website for more details: Ingredion UK Limited is UK registered limited liability company, which is wholly owned by the Ingredion Group of Companies. Its ultimate parent company is Ingredion Incorporated, which has its head office at 5 Westbrook Corporate Center, Westchester, IL 60154, USA. Ingredion is a leading global ingredients solutions company, operating in various countries worldwide – please visit the Ingredion website for more details.
Ingredion employs approximately 11,000 people worldwide. For more information on the organisational structure, please visit the Ingredion website.
Ingredion is a leading global ingredients solutions company. We make sweeteners, starches, nutrition ingredients and biomaterials that are used by customers in everyday products from foods and beverages to paper and pharmaceuticals. We turn grains, fruits, vegetables and other plant materials into ingredients that make crackers crunchy, candy sweet, yogurt creamy, lotions and creams silky, plastics biodegradable and tissues softer and stronger. Our innovative ingredient solutions help customers stay on trend with simple ingredients and gluten-free or high-fibre foods that appeal to today's consumers.
Our customers operate in more than 120 countries and operate in many diverse sectors, mainly food, but also beverages, paper and corrugating, brewing and other industries.
We are committed to ensuring that our business and our supply chains operate ethically. Our Policies and Values reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships, for example within our supply chains, to promote the responsible treatment of migrant workers doing business with our agricultural suppliers. The Ingredion Corporate Policies on Corporate Responsibility can be found here.
DUE DILIGENCE PROCESSES
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk, we request that all our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, adopt the same high standards as we do to prevent modern slavery, by ensuring all employees and workers are treated with dignity and respect in a fair and ethical environment.
Whilst we have in place a Supplier Code of Conduct as referred to above, we continue to take steps to ensure that we have in place systems to:
- Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains.
- Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains.
- Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.
- Protect whistle blowers.
Ingredion operates a secure Ethics Hotline and Ethics email address, which are operated by an independent third-party, and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through which employees can raise concerns (anonymously or not) regarding Ingredion’s Policies on Business Conduct. Employees can also raise any concerns with their manager, their human resources representative, in-house counsel or the Ingredion Corporate Compliance Officer. Ingredion does not tolerate retaliation against anyone who raises a concern, in good faith.
SUPPLIER ADHERENCE TO OUR VALUES
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. We encourage our suppliers to share our ethical business practices as stated in our Supplier Code of Conduct. This document outlines a commitment to sustainability and protecting the fundamental rights of all people. Please refer to Supplier Code of Conduct.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide training to our staff on our Values and Policies on Business Conduct. We have also conducted Human Trafficking Awareness training for our teams identified as potentially coming in contact with this issue, namely the Supply Chain and Agricultural teams.
Ingredion is registered with the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX). Ingredion conducts third-party Sedex Member Ethical Trade Audits (SMETA) of its operations in order to have its business independently assessed against the SEDEX requirements. We have also encouraged our key suppliers to be registered with SEDEX and conduct these same SMETA audits.
Ingredion has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies. Ingredion has been recognized for the sixth consecutive year (2014 – 2019) and is one of only three honourees in the food, beverage and agriculture industry, underscoring its commitment to ethical and integrity-based practices.
Click here for our latest Sustainability Report, particularly pages 11 and 12.
To monitor the effective compliance with our Supplier Code of Conduct, Ingredion operates a Supplier Performance Management programme.
Ingredion UK Limited continues to develop its Modern Slavery governance programme.
This statement is issued by Ingredion UK Limited, is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Ingredion UK Limited’s current slavery and human trafficking statement (March 2019). This statement was approved by the Ingredion Corporate Compliance Officer.
This statement is published on the Ingredion EMEA website, at the end of News page.