With unparalleled choice, great taste, high quality standards and strict traceability, we believe our product range is the best in the industry. Our buyers work closely with our suppliers and other stakeholders to ensure environmental stewardship, ethical business practices and economic sustainability.
The term “responsible sourcing” refers to practices that help us to make sure our products are produced in a sustainable way without any negative environmental, social or ethical impacts, while preserving the excellent quality we demand. This is something which features increasingly highly on our customers’ and consumers’ priorities; as a large business we have a duty to manage our impact on the planet’s ecosystems and support responsible animal welfare practices.
We’re particularly proud of our work on sustainable fish and seafood; through working with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Sustain’s Sustainable Fish Cities initiative, we’re helping to protect and preserve seafood stocks.
Our customers want to make the most of their regions; using local products also provides them with great farm-to-fork stories to tell. Across the communities we serve, we offer local products to each where possible and when in season, without compromising on taste – but we also make the most of our national network and international partnerships to bring the best specialist regional goods to every customer.
What does this really mean?
Yew Tree Dairy
Outstanding British charcuterie from a leader in animal welfare, subscribing to a higher welfare standard for sows and pigs.
The first company, and so far only UK fish producer, to sign the Sustainable Fish Cities Pledge; over 75% of all their products are MSC-certified
An independent, family-run supplier with excellent farmer relationships – so much so that they have a list of dairy farmers waiting to work with them
Brakes is proud to be a responsible, ethical business with a moral compass – not only to meet legal obligations, but also because our customers, colleagues and suppliers (and we ourselves) expect nothing less. We protect and uphold human rights, ethical standards and labour rights throughout our supply chain.
Our Modern Day Slavery policy sets out our zero-tolerance approach to modern day slavery in our complete supply chain and the steps we take to ensure this – including in our own business – such as right-to-work checks and a preferred partner list of verified temporary worker agencies. Read the full policy here.
Every supplier to Brakes signs, and must adhere to, a strict Ethical Code of Conduct. This policy covers topics like anti-bribery and corruption, competition laws, health & safety and protecting whistleblowers, as well as modern slavery.
“Brakes will not tolerate the practice by any supplier of using forced, bonded, indentured, or slave labour nor will Brakes tolerate the use of physical or mental coercion or corporal punishment.” (Supplier Code of Conduct)
Our Sedex membership (a global membership organisation for sharing information and best practice around responsible, ethical sourcing) helps us to work collaboratively with others to achieve high standards of ethical practice in our supply chains.
Working together since 2003, ABP Food Group supply Brakes with beef and lamb joints and cuts. Over the years they have evolved their practices to help improve animal welfare and reduce their impact on the environment, while continuing to produce high-quality, safe and assured products.