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Palm Oil We are glad to confirm that we

obtained Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

(RSPO) membership in early 2020.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19, our progress in

removing mass balance palm oil, RSPO credits

and not certified own brand products has

inevitably slowed down due to our own brand

suppliers being under high pressure dealing with

the impacts of the pandemic on the food industry

and their/our supply chains. However,

discussions are already in progress with some

suppliers, specifically for those products not

certified and using RSPO credits. We aim to

make the switch to more sustainable supply

chain methods or removing palm oil all together;

we continue to work towards reviewing our policy

and the supply chain methods used in-line with

industry standards.

Responsible fish sourcing

In 2019 we became members of the Sustainable

Seafood Coalition (SSC) which brings together

businesses selling seafood to address important

issues in fish and seafood sustainability. By

becoming a member, we are committed to using

our business influence to improve the health of

our oceans. As a member of the SSC we have

committed to adopting two voluntary codes of

conduct:

1) Code of Conduct on Environmentally

Responsible Fish and Seafood sourcing. This

code relates to sourcing processes and

behaviours regarding buying practices of our

own brand fish and seafood.

2) Code of Conduct on Environmental Claims.

This code sets out what claims we can make

and the minimum criteria that must be satisfied

to make such claims.

SSC members have been working together

since 2011 to define responsible business

behaviour for the seafood industry. The coalition

is currently made up of forty members and

includes retailers, foodservice outlets, suppliers,

processors and growers. Under the umbrella of

the SSC, we collaborate towards the vision that

all seafood sold in the UK comes from

sustainable sources. For example, in September

2020, members of the SSC signed a letter to

Environment Secretary George Eustice, calling

for legally binding fishing limits, robust

monitoring and enforcement and sustainable

management of shared stocks with the EU,

ahead of a debate in the House of Commons on

post-Brexit fisheries legislation.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 our joint

partnership sponsorship initiative with our

supplier Whitby has sadly meant we were unable

to progress this to support "Project UK Fisheries

Improvements", which we had stated we planned

to do in our 2019 report.

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