Our suppliers 

Good, long-term relationships with our suppliers are essential.

Corn farmer

We have a consistent, Group-wide approach to these relationships based on our Code of Ethics.

Tate & Lyle expects its suppliers to uphold international business standards and to be fully compliant with all applicable laws and regulations, including those regarding freedom of association and collective bargaining, non-discrimination, working hours, wages, health and safety, protection of the environment, anti-corruption / anti-bribery, and the prevention of child or forced labour. We expect them to reflect the standards, principles and commitments in Tate & Lyle’s Code of Ethics, in their business relationship with us.

If you are a current supplier or would like more information about our supplier requirements, please visit our Global Procurement pages.

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Working with the grain of human relationships

Working with the grain of human relationships

Our network of 14 country elevators in the heart of the US cornbelt has to be a model of large-scale industrial efficiency – we process 2 per cent of the entire US corn crop. Our plants need grain 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – and the supply market is competitive, and potentially risky.

But after more than half a century embedded in the farming communities around Decatur and Lafayette, Tate & Lyle’s grain procurement relies as much on trust and teamwork as on accurate logistics. “Buying grain is a business that relies absolutely on relationships,” says Kris Roberts, VP Global Corn Procurement. “Farming is community-orientated, and our network is a very important part of that. Farmers trust the people they see year in, year out.”

The key to keeping the grain flowing? Treating suppliers with the same respect we treat customers. “Farmers can choose who they sell to and when, so it’s important we are their first choice to do business with.”

DuPont Tate & Lyle – an energy-saving partnership

DuPont Tate & Lyle – an energy-saving partnership

Corn is a completely ‘renewable’ resource. Turning it into products previously made from petro-chemicals can be good for the environment – and for business.

Our 50:50 joint venture with DuPont in Loudon, US, uses corn sugar to make the multi-purpose monomer propanediol, or PDO – which favourably competes with rivals relying on a petro-chemical process.

“Our Bio-PDO™ is 100 per cent renewable – it has a unique place in the market, because nobody else is making it on a commercial scale with a biological process,” says Pete Castelli, who is Vice President, Law and Compliance, and one of two Tate & Lyle directors on the joint venture’s board. “We have done a ‘life-cycle’ analysis – and our method uses 40 per cent less energy than petro-chemical production.”

The joint venture sells the Bio-PDO™ directly as Zemea™ – used in cosmetics and detergents; and Susterra™ – an agent in de-icers. DuPont also uses it to make the carpet and clothing textile, Sorona®.