We believe in growing responsibly
Sustainability and social responsibility are central to our business model and to our journey of growth. As a co-operative owned Group, we pursue economic viability and social responsibility in everything we do.
Our reputation and success as a business results from our integrity and the commitment we provide to our people, our communities, our markets and the environments in which we operate. We continually evaluate our influence across our entire value chain. Each of our divisions are implementing sustainability plans which set out initiatives and specific targets in key areas to which we have committed to achieving by 2017.
Some recent Carbery Group responsibility initiatives and investments.
Farmer tree project to address climate change locally
Carbery, in conjunction with SWS Forestry, has launched The Carbery Tree Project, whereby 26,000 trees were given to the 1,314 local farmers for planting on their farms in an initiative to address climate change at a local level: offsetting carbon emissions, and increasing biodiversity. A first for the dairy industry in Ireland.
Leed Certified HQ at Illinois, USA
Our new US headquarters at Wauconda, Illinois has been designed to meet the US Green Building Council’s LEED Certification Standards.
Bio-composting in Ohio, USA
Our facility in Hamilton, Ohio reduces its environmental impact by sending between five and eight million pounds of biomaterial to a local composter every year, reducing the amount of waste it sends to the landfill.
Greener Dairy Farms, West Cork, Ireland
Greener Dairy Farms™ is our innovative, dairy efficiency programme designed to measure, monitor and optimise resource allocation and best practice on farm. Key to driving continual improvement in our environmental strategy, it is also Ireland’s first model for best practice in sustainable dairy farming through which we gained the Greener Food Award 2014.
Millennium Forest Project, West Cork, Ireland
Carbery’s Millenium project planted 2 acres of oak trees. Native oak woods are significantly important for biodiversity and form a key part of Irish heritage.
Our Dairy Sustainability Strategy & Achievements
We maintain and nurture a sustainable milk supply
We launched our Greener Dairy Farms™ programme in 2012 to support our farmers measure, monitor and optimise resource allocation and best practise on farm. We now have established knowledge-transfer workshops with vets and milk quality advisors to ensure consistently high quality milk supply. Our sustainability partners now include Bord Bia, Teagasc and Animal Health Ireland.
We preserve and enhance value through innovative, sustainable and efficient manufacturing
We achieved ISO 50001 certification in 2014 for efficient energy management. This recognises our approach to operational excellence as an early adopter of new technologies.
We believe the success of our people drives the success of our business
Our teams have had a unique opportunity to shape the development of two large Irish research initiatives which will make a significant contribution to best practise and excellence in the Irish dairy industry. Our Graduate Development Programme offers the opportunity of an international assignment during the first 12 months of employment.
We continue to build our communities.
Support rural ecosystem projects which preserve and enhance the natural habitat. Educate students on science & technology, agriculture and business skills.
Encourage health and sports initiatives through sponsorship. Working with the local angling association, we helped redevelop a key section of the river which now supports tourism in the region. Each department in our Nutrition and Cheese business works with “Business in the Community”, an educational initiative to encourage and better prepare students progressing to higher education.
We embed our customer voice in everything we do
In 2014, we passed the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA), demonstrating our role in managing and improving ethical standards within our supply chain.
We expanded our laboratory quality accreditations (ISO17025) to compliment our Kosher, Halal, BRC and ISO9001:2008 certifications.
Working with national research partnership, Food for Health Ireland (FHI), we’re currently conducting a number of clinical trials to demonstrate proven outcomes from our nutrition innovations.