As a global branded food company, we bring to life health, wellness and nutrition, and sustain our people, the planet and our performance-the triple bottom line
The economic impact of Del Monte Pacific Ltd (DMPL) Group extends beyond our 5,800 plus regular employees. In addition, there are about 23,500 employees of service providers who work in all areas of our operations.
In the United States, Del Monte Foods, Inc (DMFI) is one of the largest producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded fruits, vegetables and tomatoes for the US retail market. DMFI contracts with close to 800 farmers across US and Mexico which supply about 806,000 tons of produce. In aggregate, 100% of the tomatoes, 99+% of the vegetables and about 70% of the fruits we produce are grown in the US.
Our relationships with farmers extend more than three generations. The fruits and vegetables are contractually grown on farms. Some Del Monte fruit growers include farm families that have produced for Del Monte for over 70 years. Our growth has a broader implication for farms across the US.
Our pineapple plantations in southern Philippines encompass one city and 12 municipalities in Bukidnon and one city and six municipalities in Misamis Oriental, Mindanao. An estimated 20,000 families or approximately 100,000 individuals directly or indirectly depend on the Company in the Philippines.
Overall, our presence has immensely contributed to the region’s economic growth, creating a multiplier effect on the local economy by fueling local business, supporting the Group’s operations and serving the day-to-day needs of our employees and their families.
The Group acknowledges the importance of building a strong partnership and healthy relationship with its suppliers. DMPL conducts business with its customers on the basis of integrity, mutual interest and fairness. The Group prohibits the practice of forced and child labour.
1. The Company performs periodic audits of contract manufacturers and direct suppliers. Some independent and unannounced audits check quality assurance and compliance.
2. It is our policy to seek opportunities to buy from suppliers where quality, price and delivery of service are competitive.
3. In the US, DMFI has a Supplier Code of Conduct that applies to any entity providing goods or services, including suppliers and subcontractors.
a. The objective is for suppliers to practice and uphold ethical business standards.
b. Del Monte’s Supplier Diversity Programme enables small and diverse businesses to be considered fairly as subcontractors and suppliers.
4. DMPI has a Code of Business Conduct which outlines the Company’s practices in building its relationship with suppliers while adhering to the principles of integrity, mutual interest and fairness in conducting business.
5. In selecting suppliers, Del Monte in the Philippines uses its Supplier Quality Management Programme which assesses the quality and delivery performance, feedback, continuous improvement programme for all material suppliers and toll manufacturers.
6. The objective of the programme is to align DMPI’s quality parameters with that of suppliers, provide suppliers with performance scorecards, classify suppliers into certified, preferred, approved and conditional suppliers, and align suppliers with DMPI’s goals that will support growth in the next five years. The programme helps determine allocation of the Company’s requirements to suppliers.
7. The suppliers are rated based on quality performance, delivery performance and competitiveness.