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For the fourth consecutive year, La Palette Rouge (LPR) Group, Europe’s leading pallet pooling specialist, has increased its EcoVadis rating, a CSR score awarded by Europe’s leading provider of supplier sustainability.
LPR now has ‘Advanced Gold’ status, putting it among the top 1% of the companies audited. This latest recognition from EcoVadis follows LPR achieving Gold status in 2016, the first pallet pooling company to achieve this rating.
The development means that LPR has increased its ranking each year, growing from Silver to Advanced Gold in just four years. To achieve this ranking, LPR was audited across 21 criteria, grouped into four main categories – environment, labour practices, business ethics and sustainable procurement.
Steps taken by LPR to meet these criteria include sponsoring an agreement in support of reforestation and developing a set of personnel materials to fight against corruption and fraud.
Adrian Fleming, regional director for LPR UK and Ireland, said: “Four consecutive years of continued improvement in our EcoVadis rating is a fantastic testament to the entire LPR Group team.
“This ongoing success demonstrates the power of collaborative working, with LPR UK working closely with our European counterparts to help shore up sustainability and commitment to first-rate CSR standards across the business.”
Following the Easter break, LPR UK, part of Europe’s leading pallet pooling specialist, looks back on a busy and successful quarter one.
Throughout the first three months of the year, the business has grown its pallet movements by 7% compared to the same period last year, and has announced a number of contract wins, new appointments and industry awards.
Alongside its ongoing work with some of the world’s leading FMCG blue chip businesses, including Nestlé, Kellogg’s and Carlsberg, LPR UK has also secured a raft of new business wins. These include contracts with FMCG specialists Dale Farm, Kanes Foods and Shepley Springs, as well as new agreements with technology specialist Exertis and paper giant EuroVast.
To complement their continued growth, LPR UK recently invested in a brand new business contracts director, Stephen Ambroziak. With more than 30 years’ experience in the logistics service sector, Ambroziak will assume the specially created role to help support LPR’s existing business development team and further boost its service offering.
Fresh from record-breaking success in 2016, LPR has continued to break new ground in the first quarter of this year. In February, the business announced it had been awarded ‘AdvancedGold’ status by EcoVadis. The accolade recognises LPR’s ongoing investment in its CSR practices, most notably a commitment to sustainability and ongoing investment in people and processes.
Adrian Fleming, regional director of LPR UK and Ireland, said: “One of our key objectives at the end of last year was to continue building on our successful growth platform. Looking at what we’ve achieved since January, we’re on track to break further records. It’s been great to see the team secure so many new contract wins, alongside bolstering relationships with our existing clients, and I hope to see that continue across Q2. Elsewhere, it’s been great to welcome some new faces to LPR – as well as celebrating the long-service achieved by a number of the team.
“With summer just around the corner, we’re gearing up for a very busy few months and I hope to be able to look back on the next quarter with the same degree of pride and expectation as I have on this one.”
Sedex And Authenticate IS Announce Partnership For Ethical Supply Chain
Sedex and Authenticate IS have announced that they will be collaborating in the food sector to help companies to map their entire supply chain so giving greater visibility about the ethical sourcing of products.
With more than 40,000 members in 150 countries, Sedex is a global, non-profit organisation which hosts a collaborative platform for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains. Its work complements that of Authenticate IS which provides a software solution enabling food businesses to track food suppliers from farm to fork.
Paul Marples, managing director of Authenticate IS, comments: “Over the last 13 years, the Sedex name has become synonymous throughout the world with ethical supply chain management. With the advent of the Modern Slavery Act, corporate social responsibility and ethical sourcing have become more important than ever and Sedex membership gives food companies reassurance that their suppliers are taking these issues very seriously too.
“By joining forces with Authenticate IS, not only will food companies be able to view their direct suppliers’ membership of Sedex, they will have visibility of the membership of their entire supply chain.”
Jonathan Ivelaw-Chapman, CEO of Sedex, adds: “Our link with Authenticate IS, is an important step in our drive collaboration and improvement in ethical trading, through the provision of greater transparency of both immediate and non-direct suppliers. With the addition of the Sedex audit and Authenticate certification service, members can be confident that they have the complete compliance and assurance solution they need.”