Ensuring community-Based Sustainability
Walkers started life as a village bakery in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland.
As a family with a love of nature and a passion for the area, it has always been second nature for Walkers to operate in a caring way - always concerning ourselves with the quality and cleanliness of the food we produce; the welfare of our workforce; our working environment; and our business and community relationships.
Being the largest employer in a small area, Walkers have developed a particular social responsibility and mutual interdependency with the local community. We have always sought to create long-term, sustainable employment; being an employer-for-life for many people and their families. As a result we have low staff turnover rates and a huge degree of loyalty, with more than half of our senior managers being promoted from within, having joined us on leaving school.
It has always been natural for us to operate in a caring fashion and look after our workforce. The fact is that our policy is also good for business; many contemporary attitudes to business are practices that Walkers have been carrying out for 100 years.
Walkers have, however, always moved with the times to meet the many requirements that ensure product safety and sustainability when operating in a sophisticated world-wide market for food.
Walkers’ operations are now certified to many international standards, and these are detailed on the following pages.
Walkers Shortbread has been in business very successfully for over 100 years and has developed strong community links in an unspoilt area of outstanding natural beauty. We want to continue this success for another century, whilst protecting our local community and reducing our environmental footprint even further, in line with our environmental policy.
In essence, operating and growing in a sustainable way