Health, safety and wellbeing
The health, safety and wellbeing of our colleagues is our number one priority at BBF. Our five bakeries operate with strict routines implemented to ensure we’re operating safely and responsibly 100% of the time, in all areas of the business, while creating a safe environment for all of our colleagues. Each and every team member receives in-depth health and safety training as part of their induction, and we have various initiatives in place to ensure we’re positively supporting their mental health.
We understand that mental health is just as important as physical health, which is why we have provided every member of the BBF team with access to Headspace. Headspace is the leading meditation app, which helps manage anxiety and relieve stress, in turn supporting health and happiness.
Protecting our teams during the pandemic
Our biggest priority during these unprecedented times remains focused on keeping our colleagues and their families safe, feeding the nation and supporting our customers. All BBF team members are classified as key workers and to protect our key workers, we have introduced a range of safety measures, including social distancing, additional PPE, as well as the implementation of screens for those who work within a close proximity in our bakeries. Where possible, some departments are also working from home.
Supporting our local community
Supporting the communities in which we operate is at the heart of our business. With bakeries across the North of England, as well as in Szczecin, Poland, we provide local job opportunities across various areas of the food industry. In addition, we support various community projects and make regular charitable donations, including to organisations such as Crisis, the NHS and FareShare.
The Modern Slavery Act
We are committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our corporate activities and to working collaboratively with our supply chains to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking. We have a robust and well-established audit in place to manage this risk, which is continuously reviewed and updated accordingly, in line with guidance from Stronger Together and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA). Our supply chain is global and multi-tiered, so we also require all of our suppliers to be members of SEDEX, which provides support to help businesses operate responsibly and sustainably, protect workers and source ethically.
Download BBF’s modern slavery and human trafficking statement here, for additional information on policies/initiatives in place.
Diversity, inclusion and closing the gender pay gap
The senior leadership team at BBF is committed to reducing the business’ gender pay gap and building a diverse workforce, across all levels of the business. In addition to recruiting a diverse workforce, BBF is dedicated to supporting, developing and promoting under-represented groups across all levels of the business. We have various initiatives in place to reduce the gender pay gap and ensure equality across all areas, including gender-based training programmes, reviewing our approach to flexible working, continuing to focus on diversity in our entry-level recruitment and using talent management programmes to develop and engage high–potential female colleagues for senior roles. We have also ensured that men and women receive the same pay for doing the same/similar roles and have a grading system in place to guarantee this.
Download BBF’s latest gender pay gap report here.