Sustainable Assurance Schemes
On-farm assessments constitute a key component of the Origin Green programme. The rollout of sustainability assessments at farm level has been made possible by Bord Bia’s pre-existing Quality Assurance infrastructure, which has been in place for over twenty years.
This infrastructure sees more than 100 farm auditors undertake almost 800 independent farm audits each week. Traditionally, these assessments have focused on traceability, animal health & welfare, and general environmental issues, with an overarching focus on food safety.
In 2012, these well-established schemes were expanded into Sustainable Assurance Schemes, marking the beginning of Origin Green.
Building on Quality
Origin Green expands the scope and depth of sustainability measures tracked in the Quality Assurance Schemes to ensure that the programme delivers an assessment system key sustainability criteria. Key aspects covered in the audit include greenhouse gas, biodiversity, water measures, energy efficiency, soil management, and socio-economic factors.
Following each audit, the farmer receives notification of the results in a feedback report on the farm’s performance, with reassessments every 18 months. This allows them to make informed decisions on improving the sustainability of their farms while also improving their efficiency and farm viability.