pladis joins MSDUK group to improve supply chain workforce diversity

Global snacks group pladis has confirmed its membership of the MSDUK to help support its commitment for greater inclusion and workforce diversity across its supply chain manufacturing operations.

The business, which formed in 2016, owns brands including Jacob’s, go ahead!, Carr’s, Flipz, BN, Verkade, operates across  including sweet and savoury biscuits, wafer, cake, chocolate, gum and candy.

As the company explained, over the last  16 years, MSDUK has built up a strong network of over 2,000 ethnic minority businesses. Access to this network, as well as its experience and insight, will help to provide greater knowledge and understanding of pladis’ suppliers to ensure a greater representation of ethnic minority businesses.

MSDUK will also work with the snack manufacturer’s procurement teams to help ensure an increased understanding of the importance and benefits of a diverse supply chain and provide guidance with respect to supplier engagement.

Salman Amin, CEO at pladis said: “Promoting inclusion and diversity, and guarding against any form of discrimination are of key importance to us at pladis. I believe that diversity transcends the individual and makes people, businesses and countries stronger and better. Diversity of perspectives and opinions, and diversity of experiences, leads to better informed thinking and ideas.

“We are on a journey at pladis to improve our own inclusion and diversity practises and to make meaningful and impactful change. But I know that to have real impact, it takes an entire community standing and working shoulder-to-shoulder. That is why we must not only look within our business but also consider our relationships and partnerships across all of our operations to ensure true diversity in our supply chain. We are delighted to be joining MSDUK who we believe are the right partner to guide and support us on this journey”.

“We are thrilled that pladis is joining to become a new member of MSDUK,” said Mayank Shah, CEO and Founder of MSDUK. “From the workforce to the supply chain, diversity and inclusion of people and ideas are critical drivers for further growth. As pladis continues to look at inclusion and diversity practises, ensuring a greater representation of ethnic minority suppliers will help to unlock further innovation and drive greater success. We look forward to supporting pladis to create genuine and effective change as part of this.”

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