Sustainability

Tiger Brands is a deeply committed socially responsible corporate citizen – one upheld by a vision to be ‘the most admired branded FMCG Company in emerging markets’.

Sustainability within the Group is framed by a strict adherence to the principles of good governance and environmental management practices, the delivery of maximum economic impact in our markets, and partnerships that drive shareholder value.

Tiger Brands BEE data and reporting is independently assured by EmpowerLogic and its most recent verification showed it as a level three contributor. The company’s environmental and health and safety data is independently verified by Marsh Risk Consulting (Incorporating Alexander Forbes Risk Services).

Tiger Brands fully supports the principles of the UN Global Compact Principles Network (UNGCN) and welcomes its recognition of the positive contribution that business can make to a more prosperous and sustainable world. The company has adopted a phased approach to ensure conformance with the UNGC principles.

Socio Economic Impact

Our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) policy is rooted in the belief that we truly do add value to people’s lives – a policy driven by the reinvestments we make into our employees, their families, and the communities that surround us. We believe that our footprint is what we leave behind. The end goal being to help weave a positive and constructive social fabric in each of the countries in which we operate. We commit 1% of our net operating profit after tax to community development annually.

Our CSI Projects

Our CSI policy is executed under four themes, namely:

Food Security

 

Nutrition Education

 

Hygiene & Sanitation

 

Heritage

     
Food Security exists when ‘when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life’ (World Health Organisation).

Our consumers are our business, so we – as a corporate citizen - are impelled to nourish the bodies and minds of those consumers, in turn nourishing healthy communities as well as a healthy reputation.
  The fact remains, poor education direct limits healthy nutrition. As a group, Tiger Brands has identified an opportunity for advancing nutritional education at school level to instill a sense of awareness and knowledge among the youth and their communities. A natural spin-off of this approach is to grow support, goodwill and loyalty among both our employees and consumers.   “Poor hygiene, inadequate quantities and quality of drinking water, and lack of sanitation facilities cause millions of the world’s poorest people to die from preventable diseases each year. Women and children are the main victims. (World Bank).”

General cleanliness has express implications on the health of not only the individual but also his or her community as well. As such, Tiger Brands has a range of personal and home care products in its stable. In a potentially underserved market, our desire is to drive growth while promoting health throughout the market through the distribution of health and wellbeing products.
  Heritage – the natural, social and cultural elements that define us. Our essence.

Tiger Brands – whose heritage is framed by its history as one of the oldest, companies in the country – aspires to protect the natural resources in every community that surrounds our operations (such as access to, and the preservation of clean drinking water).

Our CSI focus areas are tied to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, making them highly constructive in both form and impact. In achieving these goals, we partner with experts in food security, nutrition, education, hygiene and of course, heritage.


Our People

Tiger Brands believes that our people are our greatest asset, and so we’ve committed to investing in them – to grow them as individuals so that they can contribute to the evolution of our organisation.

We aim to attract and retain key talent in order to build organisational competencies and leadership capacity for long-term growth and to cement our reputation as a good corporate citizen.

We uphold the highest standards and seek to add value to the lives of employees through attractive career opportunities, market-related remuneration and an inclusive and enabling culture.

Environmental Impact

The sustainability journey climbs a very steep learning curve – at the beginning of which is a strong focus on the health and community impact of Tiger’s facilities. Over time, the scope of our impact review will naturally expand, with our first full review completed in 2016. With our Vision in mind, Tiger Brands has highlighted sustainability – in all its forms – as a critical enabler and desired outcome of our strategy. The Group has identified six focus areas through which we could achieve our sustainability mission:


  • Economic Impact
  • Environmental Impact
  • Societal Impact
  • Corporate Governance
  • Profitable Growth
  • Mutually Beneficial Partnerships


In response to the shifting impact of climate change, consumer demands and the regulatory environment, Tiger Brands has prioritised specific areas of governance, namely; energy, water, waste, packaging, and an environmentally sensitive ethos among every stakeholder.

Our reporting is guided by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and in 2013 we produced our third integrated report. In 2013, the organisation has participated in both the Water Disclosure and the Carbon Disclosure programmes and publicly disclosed both responses.

In the markets in which we operate we face a number of global, national and local challenges that require Tiger Brands to develop actions that deal with a new set of business risks so that we can grow and defend our market share. Our current focus is on:
  • Reducing our operational water footprint,
  • Implementing group-wide energy efficiency and carbon management plan,
  • Segregating and reducing our generation of waste,
  • Reducing our air emissions from manufacturing operations
  • Reduction of our environmental, health and safety impacts through product stewardship.

These priorities are driven by some of the key environmental and operational challenges we face including:
  • Unreliable energy availability due to on-going power outages;
  • The pre-empted introduction and cost implications of Carbon Tax to be imposed on organisations in order to drive reduction of Green-House Gases (GHG);
  • Insufficient water supplies due to undeveloped water infrastructure
  • Concerns around water pollution and quality as a result of non-complying waste water treatment plants;
  • Pressure to reduce the amount of waste generated and as an organisation, the achievement of zero waste to landfill is crucial.


Water

 

Packaging

 

Waste

 

Energy

     
There is little doubt that global water scarcity will increase over the next 20 – 30 years. In South Africa, it is likely the trend will affect the availability, cost and quality of water. The issue of water scarcity is not confined to developing countries and is bound to become more complex and less predictable, as the impact of climate change is felt.
Water is one of Tiger Brands’ top sustainable development priorities. We recognize we have a responsibility to promote responsible water use throughout our operations, and to also encourage our suppliers to do the same. In an increasingly water constrained world it is critical that we become as efficient as possible, whilst working with communities to protect water resources.

Tiger Brands has participated in the CDP’s water disclosure program in 2014. Click here to our CDP water response
  Tiger Brands acknowledges that packaging plays a vital role in delivering products to our consumers in a manner that preserves the integrity of the product and protects consumers’ health and safety.
Over the past few years the costs of raw materials have escalated significantly, which has had a direct impact on the costs of packaging, motivating more efficient and sustainable packaging management.
Major retailers are responding to the pressures by imposing requirements on suppliers in terms of the Packaging products are supplied in.
In line with this there is an increasing expectation to take appropriate preventative action in both our pre-consumer and post-consumer packaging value chains.
  Waste Management practices differ between developed and developing nations, urban and rural areas, and residential and industrial producers. Consequently, whilst Tiger Brands standards are influenced by the South African Regulatory Environment, we always take the local conditions and regulatory environment into account when applying our standards.

A key point in South African legislation is the promotion of stewardship at a company level, so our focus is on reducing landfill volumes to zero and building an admirable ethos towards waste segregation. In order to achieve this goal we place an increasing emphasis on reduction, reuse and recycling of waste generated as a result of our production process. When all reasonable options have been exhausted to realise this, we ensure that any remaining wastes are disposed of in a responsible manner. Currently, the intention is to test further and implement the myriad recycling opportunities through an integrated waste management solution
 

Energy is the core element of any manufacturing process, and given the urgent need for a response to global climate change, smart energy management is now of critical importance.

Given South Africa's reliance on coal, many companies including Tiger Brands have crafted an Energy Management Programme that addresses both the country’s short- as well as long-term needs.

Tiger Brands has responded to the CDP's climate change questionnaire on an annual basis since 2010.

Click here to read about Tiger Brands’ latest CDP Climate change

 

   
         
   

The Tiger Brands Foundation

The Tiger Brands Foundation was established for broad based community impact, and will be for the benefit of non-fee paying schools, vulnerable groups in society as well as projects that promote sustainable livelihoods in the areas in which such non-fee paying schools exist. To achieve this vision, the Foundation plays a funding, thinking, co-ordination and delivery role in partnership with a number of stakeholders including but not limited to;

  • Department of Basic Education at a national, provincial and local level,
  • Departments of Agriculture, Social Development and Health,
  • Academic and research institutions,
  • Beneficiary schools, parents and community leaders,
  • Community-based agencies (delivery partners),
  • Funders/donors wishing to invest in food security,
  • Tiger Brands, the public and last but not least, the shareholders.
Tiger Brands allocates 5% (five per cent) of its dividends to the Foundation. Click here to find out more

Eat Well live well

We are what we eat and good nutrition supports healthy living. Each one of us plays a key role in keeping our bodies healthy; hence we have a responsibility to learn as much as we can about nutrition and how it promotes a healthy lifestyle.

Tiger Brands is dedicated to assisting consumers make better food choices so that healthy living is made easier. Tiger Brands voluntarily initiated a product nutrition index and labelling system on packs through the Eat Well Live Well symbol and GDA table. The Eat Well Live Well criteria were independently assess and verified by NICUS (Stellenbosch University).

Tiger Brands launched the Eat Well Live Well initiative in 2009, and is committed in providing consumers with information on the guideline daily amounts (GDAs) of the nutrients which have a negative effect on lifestyle diseases. Our products are continually assessed by a team of experts to ensure a healthier lifestyle via balanced nutrition.

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SMARTER CHOICES FOR YOUR FAMILY

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