At pladis, We require all our ingredients and goods to be certified and we have specific requirements in this area. Only certifications that are recognised by leading authorities are allowed across our business and we do everything we can to ensure the legitimacy of our suppliers.
Our Food Safety & Defence Board carries out global audit programmes on food safety across all our manufacturing sites, external warehouses and logistic services to ensure we comply with all legal requirements; both global legislations and local regulations in the markets that we operate in around the world.
We comply with relevant laws and regulations, follow and implement state-of-the-art GMP (good manufacturing practices), food safety and quality systems and rules. We respect consumers’ diversity, preferences and sensitivities, especially concerning religious and dietary requirements. We label our products transparently to inform our consumers and to enable them to make informed choices.
In line with our Quality Management Systems, all our materials and products are recorded (including product reference sampling at our manufacturing facilities) and clearly coded, so they are trackable at every step of the value chain. In addition, our manufacturing sites are regularly audited, internally and externally.
pladis is still a new company and we are working with our suppliers and with organisations such as the World Cocoa Foundation and Cocoa Horizons Foundation to continually work towards ensuring our cocoa is responsibly sourced.
We are members of the World Cocoa Foundation, a leading non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in the cocoa sector by providing cocoa farmers with the support they need to grow more quality cocoa and strengthen their communities. We fully support the approach and commitment made by the group which has led to increased productivity and profits for cocoa farmers, helping to ensure a sustainable supply of cocoa for generations to come. We also participate in cocoa sustainability activities through the Cocoa Horizons Foundation, which seeks to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities through the promotion of sustainable, entrepreneurial farming, improved productivity, and community development. We understand that responsible sourcing of raw materials continues to evolve as the industry learns more about the complexities & opportunities within each commodity, as a business we frequently review our sustainability approach and focus to ensure we continue to focus our efforts in the correct areas.