Tony’s Chocolonely backs UK’s Better Business Act supply chain law
Confectionery brand Tony’s Chocolonely has joined with B Corp UK ethically certified companies calling for the Better Business Act, delivering legislative change ensuring firms benefit complete supply chains, reports Neill Barston.
The coalition of businesses is seeking an amendment of section 172 of the Companies Act 2006, to ensure enterprises are legally obliged to support stakeholder equally ( including workers, customers, communities and the environment).
Tony’s said that as a B Corp company (subject to environmental and socio-economic certification), creating legal frameworks for ensuring rights of those working within its value chains should become the norm.
The Netherlands-founded business praised UK businesses for engaging with such certification standards – including craft beer business Brewdog, with which it is reportedly set to engage with for a new raspberry flavoured white chocolate milkshake IPA (pictured below), know as Tony’s Hopolonely.
The campaign has attracted the support of a diverse range of firms from across Britain, and others within the food and drink sector have joined up, including Montezuma’s chocolate, Innocent, and Ella’s Kitchen. In total, more than 400 companies have so far backed the legislation change, including major retailers Waitrose and John Lewis.
In a statement for its support for the delivering change on UK legislation, Tony’s, which recently expanded into the British market, stressed that its own principals reflected the broader goals of ethical sourcing.
“For us, acting responsibly in favour of a better world means addressing inequalities in cocoa head on whilst looking after our people and minimising our impact on the planet.
“We lead the way to show that chocolate can be made differently with our 5 sourcing principles and have made these open source through Tony’s Open Chain so any chocolate company can do the same, we’re nice like that.
“Our 3 pillar roadmap to make all chocolate 100% slave free is closely aligned to the UN’s Sustainability Goals, and we are carbon neutral, and are always seeking new ways to reduce our impact on the planet whether through packaging, carbon offsetting or reducing emissions by making our cocoa butter in Ivory Coast vs Belgium.”
- Companies can join the campaign at the following link in signing up to the Better Business Act.