Muntons have become a Corporate Member of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust (SWT). This is in part to maintain our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) presence in the local area since we stopped our involvement with the Suffolk Schools Competition associated with the Suffolk Show. Additionally it will bring us, both corporately and individually, some additional benefits.
Suffolk Wildlife Trust is one of the major land owners in the county and its team of advisors provide consultancy advice to farmers in the region on quite a large scale. We believe that this is an area in which we can work together in order to further promote and progress our sustainability agenda for the growing of our basic raw materials – barley and wheat. This dovetails nicely into the sustainability work done by Melissa Abbott.
As a business we have identified three main areas for our CSR – Education, Environment and Employees. Clearly as explained above, environment is well covered in this partnership. Education is also a major factor as not only is there a membership of around 35,000 people but every child in Suffolk will visit one or more of the 54 sites managed by the SWT at least once. Therefore we have opportunities to work with the SWT to introduce and develop the concept of sustainable food production.
From a business point of view our Gold Membership allows us to use free of charge any of their Education Centres as many times as we like. This can be for business reasons – meetings, team building sessions, customer visits, etc. and the membership raises our profile with the 35,000 members of the trust through their quarterly magazine. For employees there is an advantageous individual membership offered.
In the not too distant future we will be using some of the knowledge and expertise gained by our relationship with SWT to improve the natural amenity value of our Stowmarket site, in particular the flood plain area downstream of the road bridge.
We hope that this relationship with Suffolk Wildlife Trust will be mutually beneficial over the long term.