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Our Impact

How we manage

our impacts

We’re committed to play a leading role in 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.

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Tackling climate change can’t wait. It is one of the greatest risks facing society and it will impact the future of our business. Read our Impact Report to find out what we are doing as a business to play our part in tackling this challenge.

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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 are also working with the Flexible Plastic Fund, alongside major UK retailers, to ensure that our packaging (including pouches) can be returned to store for recycling with your shopping bags.

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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.

The Felix Project
United Kingdom

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 30 million meals, and is growing rapidly. From a standing start in 2016, The Felix Project currently works with over 1011 community organisations and 485 suppliers. You can find out more from: thefelixproject.org

Mary’s Meals

Mary’s Meals

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.

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