We want to play a positive role in the communities in which we operate. Our policy is to build long-term relationships with local partners who directly address local needs, and who share our aims in establishing strong, safe and healthy communities. We chiefly do this through charitable donations and by supporting our employees’ participation in community activities.

Overview of the year

In the past, our Sugars division played a key role in our overall community programme. The disposal of the Group’s EU Sugar Refining operations on 30 September 2010 had no immediate impact on the recipients of the division’s community activities, as these activities were transferred with the business. However, there was an impact on the structure and focus of the Group’s overall community programme. We are therefore undertaking a comprehensive review of the Group’s community programme, and will report on the results of this review in the annual report 2012.