Good for communities

Good for communities

We support local communities in the UK and we push all our suppliers to take responsibility for their impacts at home and abroad.

Supporting our communities

From fundraising to getting involved in local activities, KP colleagues are doing good. Every site supports a local community initiative every year.  We also support a range of charities, chosen by KP colleagues themselves, and get involved in various fundraising events each year.  As we are a major employer in each of our factory locations, we also support local training projects and aim to recruit talent from the local area.

At a corporate level, KP Snacks supports Grocery Aid (our industry's benevolence charity) getting involved each year in both fundraising and formal events.

Promoting our industry as a career

We have three ‘Tasty Careers Ambassadors' who carry out recruitment events.  Each year, we also hold week-long workshops at our sites, to introduce young unemployed people to the food industry and help them with career development advice.  Some of them have even been able to take up jobs with KP as a result.

Plus, we're a signatory to the Cabinet Office's 'Your Life' pledge, encouraging women and girls to study or work in science, technology, engineering or maths.

 

Ethical sourcing

 

Ethical Trading Initiative

Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil           

 

 

 

Committed to ethical sourcing

We want to be sure that we source from suppliers who support communities and the environment too.  For example, we're a member of the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil and use only certified sustainable palm oil.  We apply the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) risk assessment tool and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) code of conduct to audit our suppliers 

Buying into the future for nuts

Our parent company, Intersnack, is the biggest buyer of nuts in the world.  So, by using Ingredients For Good as our foundation, we’ve a great opportunity to lead the way in sustainable nut sourcing.

Because we connect directly with the people who grow nuts right through to the people who enjoy them, we have a responsibility to both.

We work around the world with suppliers to help them grow their nuts and their businesses.

At home, we work with retailers and our market to deliver the quality products people demand - at good value and with great values.

 
Bolivian Peanut Project

Bolivian Peanut Project

Native Bolivian peanut varieties make for great tasting peanuts, so we’re working with our local partners to help keep them on the menu.  We support several thousand indigenous farmers in the Andean valleys in cultivating traditional peanut varieties, to improve the lives of them and their families for the long term.

Our aims are to:

  • help around 4,500 farmers in 15 communities to permanently improve their lives

  • share knowledge of modern farming techniques and Invest directly in the technology needed to successfully grow the peanuts

  • safeguard local peanut varieties for the future

  • maximise yield and incomes

 
 
African Cashew Project

African Cashew Project

We’ve set out to support cashew farmers in Africa, to help them improve their incomes and create new jobs in nut processing.  Together with our partners, we’re focusing on improving efficiency, quantity and quality at the same time. Because we buy directly and connect the people who grow nuts with the people who enjoy them, we’re well placed to improve linkages all the way along the value chain and promote African cashews.

This project supports cashew production in the countries of  Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Mozambique. 

Our partners include the world-famous Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and development, USAID and other partners from the international private sector.

 

 
 
Feeding Britain's Future

Feeding Britain's Future

KP Snacks was delighted to participate in Feeding Britain’s Future 2014 - a nationwide campaign by the food and grocery industry to help tackle youth unemployment and introduce young people learn to the career opportunities of the food and drink sector.

For the third year running, we hosted successful workshops for young people at our sites.  We ran two sessions at Ashby and one each at Tanfield and Teesside, each of which was well attended by local, young unemployed people.  The workshops included introductions to the food industry, as well as site visits; sessions on Health & Safety and Food Safety; food sensory training and classes in CV preparation and interview skills.   Feedback from all our participants was universally positive and we were also pleased to welcome Andrew Bridgen, MP for NW Leicestershire, to our Ashby workshop.