The current topic of discussion for the improvement of performance in food safety across supply chains, is culture. There are new clauses in the latest accreditation standards, BRC V8 for example, attempting to close the gap in understanding and improving the delivery of safer foods from supply chains. The conclusion, based on 40 years’ experience working in food manufacturing (both in the manufacture and the governance of safe foods), is that to compel businesses to over-focus in one area – behaviour – while they may already be failing in other areas, or indeed have a business strategy that does not even consider food safety, is at best pointless, and at worst only going to increase risk in the supply chain. There are 4 key areas of balance that will deliver predictable and repeatable outcomes, and the culture of behaviour is one of them.
Denis Treacy - Founder of Culture Compass
Denis Treacy founded Culture Compass in early 2019 after 40 years in FMCG roles. Denis worked the last 5 years as Global President of Safety, Quality, Security & Environment for Pladis Global, a $5bn food snacking leader, with 34 manufacturing sites across 13 countries, 26,000 employees and 4bn consumers. As engaging, driven & decisive Executive Leader, Denis has experience within Publicly Listed, Venture Capital & Family Owned businesses. After 10 years working in scientific roles, he spent the next 30 years in leadership, safeguarding & governance of people, brands, assets & business integrity. Denis' key skill sets include coaching, mentoring and the development of people and teams, developing strategy, leading change, optimising organisational structures, driving continuous improvement and establishing effective operating models. Denis is a recognised Food Industry Leader, with a proven record of step changing safety, food safety and quality performance, as well as leading business continuity & crisis management teams across global businesses, through energising, collaborative & motivational leadership.