Corporate Social Responsibility
Our approach to
We’re committed to safeguarding the long-term sustainability of Basmati rice farming.
We’ve always known that quality comes from sourcing the finest quality
rice and ethical sourcing and quality assurance sits at the heart of all we
do. Our ambition is to be one of the most inspiring and responsible rice
producers in the world.
We hand-select premium grains and make sure only the best rice and
ingredients are used in every Tilda pack. We don’t produce for anyone
else, so only when it says Tilda on the pack, is it Tilda in the pack!
We recognise that all our activities have some impact on the environment, and we look carefully at each step to limit that impact by making our footprint smaller. There is definitely more that we can do and that we will be doing.
Jonathan Calland – Head of Sustainability & External Affairs
How we manage
Recycling & Packaging
The packaging we use at Tilda is chosen to ensure the product reaches consumers in the safest condition possible.
We recently launched a new range of dry rice blends in 375g cartons that are 100% recyclable. For larger volume sizes we use a much stronger barrier film that is not generally recycled because of the limited technologies available to local authorities. There are benefits of this type of film which include significantly reducing the risk of food spoilage and wastage.
With regards to our pouches specifically, they are made up of several different layers of material and are not currently commercially recyclable in the UK. The laminate part of pouch which is in contact with food cannot be made of recycled content but we are looking into whether the other layers can be.
We subscribe to the Green Dot scheme which is a well-established European scheme and mandatory in several European countries where Tilda products are sold. The symbol signifies that for each type of packaging, a financial contribution has been paid to a national packaging recovery or recycling organisation. Our products are sold across Europe where the symbol is required to prove that we have complied with local packaging waste legislation. Recently we began to develop UK-only packaging without the Green Dot logo to avoid possible confusion about the recyclability of some packaging in the UK.
We are working together with our packaging suppliers to ensure all our packaging will be recyclable in the countries where it is sold.
Ethical Auditing of Suppliers
Tilda is a member of Sedex Global – an independent not for profit body which audits the ethical performance and transparency of our supply chain and covers Labour Standards, Health & Safety, The Environment and Business Ethics.
Ethical Performance & Transparency in 2020
Our contributions to
Communities & Good Causes
We are committed to supporting good causes and global communities. Some of who we support and the good work they do, you can find below.
Tilda & United Nations
World Food Programme
Since 2012 Tilda has partnered with the World Food Programme to help combat low birth weight and give kids the best start in life. Through the ‘Mums Helping Mums’ campaign, Tilda has so far donated over 5.8 million nourishing meals to the World Food Programme, helping thousands of mothers to give their unborn and young children the best start in life. For every specially-marked pack of Tilda Pure Basmati Dry and pouch of Tilda Steamed Basmati sold, Tilda has donated at least one nutrition-boosting meal to new and expectant mums in Bangladesh. Click here for last year’s campaign. For more information about the World Food Programme visit: www.wfp.org
The Felix Project
Tilda supports The Felix Project which collects surplus food from suppliers, and delivers it to charities helping the homeless as well as helping other disadvantaged adults and children get access to high quality food.
The Felix Project provides food for over 1 million meals a year, and is growing rapidly. From a standing start in 2016, The Felix Project currently works with over 120 charities and 90 suppliers. You can find out more from: thefelixproject.org
Tilda Foodservice has launched a new partnership with the charity Mary’s Meals, where for every bag of Tilda Brown & White rice caterers purchase, a meal will be donated to a child in need. Mary’s Meals provides life-changing daily meals to impoverished schoolchildren in 15 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, attracting them into the classroom to receive an education, which could be their route out of poverty.