Muntons have recently been verified as an ethical trading company following a successful audit against the SEDEX (Suppliers Ethical Data Exchange) scheme – the audit being called a SMETA audit (SEDEX Members Ethical Audit). One of our major brewing customers, Carlsberg, invited Muntons to become part of this pilot scheme in their brewing supply chain. This involved having its performance measured and tested by an external auditor who independently analysed the four pillars of ethical trading: Labour Standards; Health and Safety; Environment; Business Practice. Muntons were delighted to pass with high praise from the auditor.
Muntons were selected for the pilot scheme because of their well established sustainability reputation within the malting trade. Manufacturing and Technical Director, Dr. Nigel Davies said “Passing this audit underlines Muntons continued commitment to sustainable manufacturing and strengthens our business credibility. Already customers within our supply chain are indicating that without a SMETA certification they may wish to delist companies as suppliers within the next three years.
The audit was a thorough intensive three day process, which took place at the Muntons site in Stowmarket, during which nearly 20% of the workforce were interviewed to determine if the ethical standards Muntons has put in place were understood and working for the benefit of all employees. There was also an in depth verification of a variety of personnel documentation such as proof of staff identity and eligibility to work, analysis of pay rates, monitoring of overtime, health, safety and environmental practices. Good governance was assessed by examination of policies on bribery, whistle blowing, staff facilities and communication of sustainability and ethics inside and outside the company – all being found to be world class.