Community involvement 

Many of the businesses that make up the present-day Tate & Lyle have been part of the communities in which we operate for more than a hundred years.

We have a strong history of community involvement and during the year we continued to support communities both local to our operations and globally.

Our approach
For Tate & Lyle, community involvement is about having a positive and lasting relationship with the community: changing lives for the better. For the last five years we have focused on three specific areas:

  • Well-being: to provide practical assistance in the area of well-being from health issues including nutrition through to general welfare, such as supporting food banks
  • Education: to develop young people’s knowledge and understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM subjects), and their preparedness for a career in a STEM-based discipline, either academically or vocationally
  • Environment: to promote environmental sustainability and good environmental management, addressing issues of climate change, natural resources and conservation.

Overview of the last year
In the year ended 31 March 2016, charitable donations were £529,0001 (2014 – £423,0002).

Local programmes/partnerships
We seek to engage with local communities where our principal facilities are located. Employees at each location can make their own decisions as to the specific projects they support and the partnerships that they develop. As a result, we support a range of initiatives and organisations

  • Well-being: we supported a wide variety of well-being initiatives this year, including: child community care centres in Johannesburg, South Africa; and local hospices, healthcare and food aid charities in Europe and the US.
  • Education: this year, support provided included enhanced maths and science delivery in the Decatur, Lafayette, Loudon and McIntosh school districts in the US; road safety events for children near Mold, UK for the third year running; and bursary/scholarship funds to help students access higher education.
  • Environment: this year we supported a number of environmental initiatives, including improvement works to local park and conservation areas.

Global partnerships
We have further developed our global partnership programmes during the year.

  • Well-being: for the fourth year running, we have supported the homeless charity Crisis ( in the UK and the Northern Illinois Food Bank ( in the US. Both organisations provide immediate, practical assistance to those in need.
  • Education: this year we provided an additional six fellowships to University leaders in Vietnam, building capacity in higher education by increasing skills in educational leadership and governance. We also provided bursaries/scholarships to the University of Illinois, Purdue University and Richland Community College, US; and ran a US National Merit scholarship programme.
  • Environment: we are entering our fourth year as a corporate partner of the environmental research and engagement charity Earthwatch ( ), with whom we have recently launched a four-year research project on the ecology,conservation and sustainable harvesting of seaweed in Asia. We use ingredients derived from seaweed in our Food Systems business.

  • The feedback received from our partnerships with external bodies on community involvement contributes to the on-going development of our stakeholder engagement in this area.

      1 Reported on an equity basis.
      2 Restated for the adoption of reporting on an equity basis.

          Reaching out to the community – and to colleagues

          Reaching out to the community – and to colleagues

          “When you volunteer, it not only makes you feel good about the work you are doing in the community, but it also creates opportunities to learn more about each other,” says Angie Muether, Associate Food Scientist.

          Angie helps organise outreach activities from our Decatur, US site, supporting schools and community programmes in the area – and drawing colleagues closer together. As part of the scheme, Associate Food Scientist Adrienne Stucky is one of around 20 US R&D volunteers who spend four Saturdays a year serving lunches at a community programme called the Good Samaritan Inn. “This experience gave me a different perspective on the value of food and how most of us take its availability for granted,” Adrienne says. “It made me feel even better about the work Tate & Lyle is doing to make food more nutritious and affordable.”