Sustainability is at the forefront of everything we do at Simpsons Malt.
From our farming customers via our agricultural merchanting division McCreath Simpson & Prentice, to our own malt production processes and the delivering of malt to the end user, we are committed to operating in an environmentally sustainable way, with the accreditations to officially acknowledge our efforts.
Our strategic objectives on sustainability don’t solely relate to the environment, though.
They also consider the positive relationships and impact the company has in the local communities around our two maltings in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland and Tivetshall St Margaret, Norfolk.
We’re proud of our heritage and the fact that the fifth generation of the Simpson family is involved with the running of the business today. To ensure we’re around for another 155 years, we’re dedicated to being forward thinking, progressive and sustainable.
Central to our sustainability objectives is the goal to become carbon neutral by 2030.
In recent years, we have spent time baselining our carbon footprint by department – both in the malting and merchanting sides of the business – to get accurate data on carbon emissions throughout the company.
Having completed that, we are now working on carbon reduction plans across each department, with various projects having been completed – or currently in progress – to meet annual targets on the road to the overall goal of carbon neutrality.
These projects include our entire fleet of wagons based out of our Tweed Valley Maltings making the switch to the more environmentally friendly HVO fuel, reducing harmful emissions by up to 90%, and the installation of a state-of-the-art smoke abatement system for the Roast House at our Tivetshall Maltings.
We have also assisted all 422 of our contracted malting barley growers in becoming verified to the SAI Platform’s world-renowned Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) to the Gold performance level.
This ensures that, for our end user customers, sustainability is at the forefront of our minds from seed right through to the malt delivery.
As one of the largest employers in the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed and an employer of more than 70 people in rural south Norfolk, we have a strong history of supporting initiatives and charitable causes local to our two maltings.
This is predominantly done through our charitable arm, The Simpson McCreath Trust, which reflects the interests of its trustees and is particularly active in the areas of education, culture, sport and the development of young people.
Founded in 2008, the Trust operates independently of Simpsons Malt and is funded through the contribution of up to 1% of the company’s annual profits.
Many clubs, events and organisations have benefited over the years from the sponsorship and support of both Simpsons Malt itself, as well as The Simpson McCreath Trust, and we’re delighted to share more details of some of the beneficiaries, which you can read by clicking on the link below.