Our mission is to provide value to our customers, employees and owners by being a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative high quality products and services that meet the overall needs of our customers.
Our commitment to quality and service is backed by an ongoing investment in equipment upgrades and enhanced quality assurance measures, including the implementation of the most stringent food safety procedures.
A continual string of superior ratings from independent auditing services and our customers have rewarded these efforts.
Our Commitment to Quality
PGP International, Inc. is very proud of the excellent reputation for quality it has earned in its Domestic and International markets. Much of this success is the result of close working relationships developed over the years with loyal customers in different geographic and cultural markets. An integral part of these relationships is PGP International, Inc.’s continuous commitment to quality and food safety.
PGP International, Inc. manufactures in compliance with the current federal regulations, as stated in FDA Code of federal regulations title 21 Part 110, regarding current Good Manufacturing Practice for the Manufacturing, Packaging, or Holding of Human Food.
PGP International, Inc.’s commitment to quality and food safety is supported by: BRC audits and standards; Certified Organic Manufacturer Status; Kosher Status; Gluten-Free Certification Organization and Numerous Customer Audits Evaluation Results.
PGP International, Inc. will sustain its pledge to quality and food safety in all aspects of its business through an ongoing commitment to continuous improvement.
Supplier Code of Conduct
PGP International, Inc.’s approach to corporate responsibility is based on our core values and those of our parent, Associated British Foods, plc. PGP International, Inc. will take care of our people, manage our environmental impacts, be good neighbors, and foster ethical business relationships.
As an international business with vendors, suppliers, and representatives the world over, PGP International, Inc. has a responsibility to trade ethically and with integrity. The people with whom we deal and in particular our vendors, suppliers and their representatives are expected to share our core values and adopt practices that are consistent with this Supplier Code of Conduct.
Our vendors, suppliers and their representatives must comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the country where operations are undertaken. Our vendors, suppliers, and their representatives should also seek to develop relationships with their own supply chains consistent with the values and principles set out in this Code of Conduct.
There can be no forced, bonded, or involuntary prison labor. Workers are not required to lodge “deposits” or their identity papers with their employer and are free to leave their employer.
Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining
Workers, without distinction, have the right to join or form trade unions of their own choosing and to bargain collectively. The employer must adopt an open attitude towards the activities of trade unions and their organizational activities. Workers’ representatives must not be discriminated against and must have access to carry out their representative functions in the workplace.
Where the rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining are restricted under law, the employer must not hinder the development of parallel means for independent and free association and bargaining.
Vendors, suppliers, and their representatives must provide a safe and healthy workplace for their workers and maintain a productive workplace by minimizing the risk of accidents, injury, and exposure to health risks, and by providing legally compliant safety and health training to their workers.
Compliance with these health and safety requirements should be overseen by senior management.
Physical and mental abuse, or the threat of such, is prohibited. Sexual and verbal harassment and other forms of intimidation are also prohibited.
The use of Child (defined below) labor is prohibited. Vendors, suppliers, and their representatives must adhere to minimum age provisions of applicable law and regulations.
Suppliers currently using Child labor shall immediately stop. Suppliers shall develop policies and programs which will provide a transition for any such Child to enable him/ her to attend and remain in quality education until no longer a Child. There shall be no further recruitment of Child labor.
Children and Young Persons (defined below) under 18 shall not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions.
Policies and procedures shall conform to the provisions of the relevant International Labour Organization (ILO) standards.
A Child is defined as any person less than 15 years of age, unless local minimum age law stipulates a higher age for work or mandatory education, in which case the higher age would apply. However, If local minimum age law is set at 14 years of age in accordance with developing country exceptions under ILO Convention 138, the lower age will apply. A Young Person or Young Worker is defined as any worker over the age of a Child as defined above and under the age of 18.
Wages and Working Hours
Wages and working hours will, at a minimum, comply with all applicable wage and hour laws, rules and regulations, including, but not limited to, minimum wage, overtime and maximum hours in the country concerned.
All workers should be provided with written and understandable information about their employment conditions in respect to wages before they enter employment and about the particulars of their wages for the pay period concerned each time that they are paid.
Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure are not permitted.
There must be no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination, or retirement based on race, color, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, or any other legally protected class.
The confidentiality of information exchanged in the course of business must be respected and must not be used for illegal purposes or for individual gain.
Business must be conducted with integrity. The offering, paying, soliciting or accepting of bribes or kick-backs, including facilitation payments, is strictly prohibited.
A bribe may involve giving or offering any form of gift, consideration, reward or advantage to someone in business or government in order to obtain or retain a commercial advantage or to induce or reward the recipient for acting improperly or where it would be improper for the recipient to accept the benefit. Bribery can also take place where the offer or giving of a bribe is made by or through a third party, e.g., an agent, representative or intermediary.
Some examples of bribes are as follows. This is not an exhaustive list:
- Lavish gifts, meals, entertainment, or travel expenses, particularly where they are disproportionate, frequent, or provided in the context of on-going business negotiations;
- The uncompensated use of company services, facilities or property;
- Cash payments;
- Loans, loan guarantees, or other credit;
- The provision of a benefit, such as an educational scholarship or healthcare, to a member of the family of a potential customer or public/government official;
- Providing a sub-contract to a person connected to someone involved in awarding the main contract;
- Engaging a local company owned by a member of the family of a potential customer or public/government official.
Facilitation payments are small payments or fees requested by government officials to speed up or facilitate the performance of routine government action (such as the provision of a visa or customs clearance). Such payments are strictly prohibited.
Suppliers, representatives and their employees must comply with all applicable anti-bribery and corruption laws. If no such anti-bribery or corruption laws apply, or if existing laws are of a lesser standard than that prescribed in the UK Bribery Act 2010, then all suppliers, representatives and their employees must adhere to the UK Bribery Act 2010.
Suppliers and their representatives should have in place anti-corruption and bribery procedures designed to prevent employees or persons associated with their business from committing offenses of bribery or corruption.
We support and encourage operating practices, farming practices and agricultural production systems that are sustainable. Vendors, suppliers and their representatives should continually strive towards improving the efficiency and sustainability of their operations. These efforts should include:
- Conducting regular environmental reviews as applicable to their products and services.
- Appointment of a company environmental representative.
- Demonstration of compliance with all current legislation that may affect their activities.
- Disclosure of any enforcement, improvement, or prohibition notices served on the site within the last 24 months.
All goods supplied to us shall be merchantable and shall conform in all respects with any order, specifications or samples supplied or advised by the supplier.
Any services supplied to us shall be provided by appropriately qualified and trained personnel, exercising with due care and diligence, to such high standard of quality as is reasonable for us to expect in all the circumstances, and shall conform in all respects with any order.
Audit and Termination of Agreements
We reserve the right to verify the compliance of each supplier and its representatives with this Code of Conduct.
Where an audit of the vendor, supplier and/or their representatives demonstrates shortcomings of this Code of Conduct, the vendor, supplier and their representatives should strive to implement a program of improvement (remediation) leading to conformance within an agreed upon timeline.
In the event that we become aware of any actions or conditions not in compliance with this Code of Conduct, we reserve the right to request corrective actions. Additionally, an agreement with any supplier or its representatives may be terminated for failure to comply with this Code of Conduct.
(Adopted July 2012)
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
PGP International, Inc., an ABF Ingredients Company is in compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. The new law requires manufacturers to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from direct supply chains. PGPI complies as follows:
- No materials manufactured by PGPI are produced directly or indirectly by means of slavery or human trafficking.
- PGPI complies with all applicable laws regarding slavery and human trafficking in the country, or countries, in which PGPI does business, including the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.
- PGPI requires at least the same degree of compliance certified in writing from all of its suppliers of materials used in goods sold to PGPI.
The full version of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act can be found at:
Please do not hesitate to contact us should there be any questions.
Chief Financial Officer
PGP International, Inc.