Corporate Social Responsibility
Real Good Food recognises its responsibility to, and how much it benefits from, the communities of which it is a part, and embracing its corporate social responsibility is therefore an integral part of building long term sustainable businesses in our two divisions and we continue to play our part with our stakeholders and in our communities.
Each business has a Corporate Social Responsibility Plan built around the Group’s Responsible Business Framework and is actively engaged in its fulfilment.
The Responsible Business Framework, originally put in place in 2016 has three key objectives:
1. To be the employer of choice in its local community.
2. To be actively involved within our communities and to build a reputation for social responsibility.
3. To continue to strengthen our reputation for respect, integrity and innovation with our customers, suppliers, employees and partners.
The following are examples which help illustrate the type of activity that our businesses are engaged in against those objectives.
During 2019/20, Renshaw raised £1,500 for our local foodbank, Micah Liverpool, 100% of the money went into their foodbank, which serves the local area and the city centre. The money was raised during the Christmas period with raffles. The business also raised funds for MacMillan supporting the coffee morning initiative.
The business continues to work with another local charity, The Whitechapel Centre – a homelessness and housing charity – through the winter, by supplying food and clothes donated by employees for the homeless in Liverpool.
Brighter Foods recognise the importance of their role as the largest employer in the locality of Tywyn and play an active part in the community. During 2019/20, Brighter Foods donated to Ysgol Craig Y Deryn, a local primary school, and a local theatre group. Brighter Foods continues to sponsor Monmouth RFC and Tywyn/Bryncrug FC.
Brighter Foods donated £3,160 to the above causes in the period.
Health and Safety
The Board review the Health & Safety reports of both divisions at the monthly Board meetings. The Board along with local management fully support the H&S initiatives that have been taken in the business in the last year.
Employees are encouraged to report all accidents and near misses to ensure that preventative training and actions can be undertaken.
COVID19 raised further challenges with health and safety in the factories, and it was a challenge that the whole workforce embraced and observed. The Group have fully complied with all Government legislation. A COVID Group was formed in Cake Decorations including across personnel from across the different functions.
✪ Brighter Foods have a full-time professional Health and Safety Manager. Reporting of health and safety issues continues to improve within the business and details of the Health and Safety performance are now reported to the Group plc board each month.
✪ Renshaw have a full-time Health & Safety Manager. There was a reduction in the number of accidents and incidents during the year reflecting the ongoing training taking place in the business.
Priorities for 2020/21
✪ We must maintain and improve our legal compliance and health and safety performance in our stand-alone businesses – an appropriate periodic audit process is being implemented to help ensure improving standards in this important area.
✪ Targeting a reduction in the number of incidents in both Brighter’s and Renshaw’s operational HSE performance.
✪ Continue to work and support the local communities.
We have developed our statement on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking which can be found HERE.
As a responsible organisation we recognise our responsibilities and our commitment to ensuring an ethical approach to our activities remains a cornerstone of all we do, including throughout our supply chains.
Our commitment and support of the Ethical Trading Initiative continues with successful unplanned audits at Liverpool during the year.
Gender Pay Gap Reporting
From April 2017, organisations with over 250 employees are required to publish their gender pay gap. We have one company within our Group which is required to publish their gender pay gap, JF Renshaw Ltd.
At the point of the report, Haydens Bakery Ltd were still a part of the Group and due to their size were also required to publish their gender pay gap. This will be the final year that Real Good Food Plc reflect their results.
Details of the gender pay gap reports can be found here: