Salt has been a crucial part of British manufacturing for hundreds of years and this needs to continue going forward.
Approximately 2-3 million tonnes of salt a year are produced by UK-based producers that supply a range of industries from food manufacturing to pharmaceuticals.
The Salt Association is the trade association set up to represent these manufacturers and are fast becoming the leading voice within the industry.
Members of the Association provide guidance, both social and political, as well as promote the objectives of the salt industry.
These objectives are voiced to external organisations as well as the government, and act as advisers on key issues that affect the industry.
We believe that there is growing evidence to support salt as an essential part of everyday life, especially when it comes to our health, and we actively promote scientific research for a more balanced view.
Tonnes of salt a year are produced by UK-based producers
The Salt Association has agreed its Strategic Plan for the period 2018-2020. In addition to defining revised statements for our core purpose, vision and mission; the benefits of membership and the benefits of engagement with our members by key third parties are specified.
Strategic objectives are set out under eight headings and the document provides the framework for their delivery by the Secretariat working closely with the Association’s two working groups on Winter Salt and Non-Winter Salt, and overseen by the Executive Council.
Code of Conduct
1. Salt Association
Concern for health, safety, environmental and quality issues forms an integral part of business policy. Such policy requires a responsible and caring approach to employees, customers, users and communities.
3. Mutual Understanding
5. Competition law
In Association meetings, any member who considers that a discussion compromises that position should immediately register their concern to the minutes and leave the meeting if the discussion is not immediately terminated.
Individual items of information which come to the attention of members must not be communicated to other members, except in the form of aggregated or synthesised reports.
Care must be taken to ensure that such information does not compromise the Competition Law responsibilities of other members.
6. Ethics and responsibility
They will, at all times, maintain the highest levels of integrity, business ethics and competitive fairness. Members declare that their operations will be conducted in full compliance with domestic, national and international regulatory requirements.
In cases of doubt regarding any gifts, oﬀers of entertainment, favours, hospitality, or other privileges, employees must obtain the approval of their supervisor or Compliance Officer.
Members are encouraged to share openly information on accidents and near-misses which might enable other members to implement actions to avoid similar incidents.
9. Working conditions
10. Training and education
They recognise that training is crucial for coping with new developments in technology and production processes.
Members are committed to meeting the requirements for environment protection by preventing or reducing the impact of their surface and underground mining, harvesting and other activities and continuously improving performance and management systems to this end.
Targeted research, standardisation, certification, education and training contribute to quality assurance.
Accordingly, they take all necessary measures to ensure product compliance with relevant legal requirements, most especially for food grade salt.
Members are committed to supply salt of merchantable quality and in accordance with British and other relevant standards. In particular, these will include:
- De-icing Salt BS3247
- Food Grade Salt BS998
- Codex Standard (CODEX STAN 150) for food salt
- 97% minimum NaCl content for food grade salt
- Water Softening BS EN 973
- Analysis methods BS 7319 pts 1-12 (analysis methods – front page only)
No decision made by the Association shall be deemed to bind a member or overcome the principle of autonomy of each member.