Nichols plc prides itself on having a sustainable business strategy which takes into account its wider corporate, environmental and
social responsibilities. Our strategy is leveraged through 3 key pillars, all of which contribute to our overall responsibility.
We take our responsibility towards the issue of obesity and sugar consumption very seriously. Our marketing strategy has revolved around promoting no added sugar choices in order to achieve our aim of overall sugar reduction across our range of products. As a result, we continue to reduce our total sugar usage for example, from 8,202 tonnes in 2014 to 7,488 tonnes in 2015, which is an 8% reduction year on year. Between January 2012 and January 2016, overall UK soft drinks volume grew by 2.5% while calories and sugars declined by 13.4% and 13.6% respectively.
The No Added Sugar products in our squash range now account for 46% of all purchases and 41% of our Vimto still range in the UK, with Vimto Minis and Squeezy products only available as no added sugar. We are committed to looking for healthier alternatives and a good example of this is our acquisition of the Feel Good brand, which contains no added sugars and 100% natural ingredients.
Our recent launch of Vimto Remix contains no added sugar and we have recently launched a 5 litre catering pack of Vimto squash which is no added sugar only. In 2015 we introduced clear, concise and consistent front of pack labelling in order to better communicate to the consumer the nutritional content of our products.
We are committed to ensuring best practice in Health and Safety throughout the organisation and have a fully cross representative, Health and Safety Committee in place to ensure that our high standards are maintained. We actively encourage health and wellbeing for our employees, offering healthy eating choices in our subsidised lunch menu and access to health schemes, as well as interest free loans for gym memberships.
Employee assistance programmes and childcare vouchers are also available. We believe that a content, well trained, employee has the potential to perform to the best of their ability and as such, we actively promote development and training within the organisation.
We also ensure that our staff feel comfortable in the workplace and find working a rewarding experience both personally and professionally.
Our Slavery and Human Trafficking Transparency Statement can be downloaded here.
We continue to make good progress in each of the key areas targeted. These are:
Climate change, waste and packaging, water and transport.
We are signatories to the following schemes; Soft Drinks Road Map – This scheme is run in collaboration with Defra and WRAP (Waste Reduction action plan) and sets out opportunities for businesses in the soft drinks supply chain to enhance the sustainability of the sector and help secure its future prosperity.
We are also signatories to the Courtauld Commitment and we are an active member of Valpack, ensuring our compliance with waste regulations and minimising the direct impact our business activities have on the external environment.
Our chosen charity is Warrington Youth Club.
Warrington Youth Club (WYC) was established in 1952 and has a growing membership of around 2,000 young people in our local community. Its ethos is 'Inspiring young people to achieve' with guiding values of learning, choice, participation and diversity.
WYC works with disadvantaged children and young people and empowers them to participate in a range of services that will increase their confidence, self- esteem and support them through to adulthood. The goal is to offer the members choices that they don’t currently have, to show them alternatives and to improve their lives and their futures.
In recent years Nichols plc employees have taken part in a number of fundraising activities including a climb of Kilimanjaro, the 3 Peaks Challenge and an annual Golf Event and Gala Dinner. Thanks to the generous support of our colleagues, customers and suppliers, as at April 2016 we have raised £250,000 for Warrington Youth Club. A number of employees are also mentors at the youth club, helping the most vulnerable of children achieve tasks that the rest of us take for granted.