Located in West Cork, Carbery Group is owned by four West Cork cooperatives - Bandon, Barryroe, Drinagh & Lisavaird. With a heritage stretching back over fifty years, Carbery is a leading international manufacturer of value-added ingredients, flavours and cheese, exporting to over 50 different markets. Central to Carbery's approach is a dedication to sustainability, always working in partnership with its farmer shareholders and communities. This can be attributed to its co-operative ethos which is fundamental to how Carbery does business. The focus of the Carbery sustainability agenda revolves around 5 key pillars; Environment, Supply Chain, Marketplace, People and Community.
Sustainability and social responsibility are central to Carbery's business model and journey of growth. As a co-operative owned Group, Carbery pursues economic viability and social responsibility in everything they do.
As part of it's first Bord Bia Sustainability Charter Programme, Carbery exceeded all of its Origin Green sustainability targets ahead of schedule, this included a reduction in energy use/unit of production by 22.2% over the period 2012 to 2016 and a reduction in water consumption/unit of production by 12.9% in the same period.
Carbery has a very strong cooperative ethos and has always looked after its farmer shareholders, especially through the provision of first-rate milk prices.
Carbery has been fortunate enough to receive a succession of sustainability awards over the past number of years and key initiatives include:
1. Carbery Greener Dairy Farmers Initiative www.carbery.com/digitalstorytelling/
2. Energy management and the procurement of 100% renewable electricity at Ballineen
3. Enhancing local biodiversity and offsetting carbon emissions through the Carbery Trees planting initiative (45,000 native trees planted to date)
4. Commitment to Responsible Sourcing: Carbery is committed to sourcing 100% of its milk from suppliers participating in Bord Bia's Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS).
5. Green 50 waste reduction project http://green50.ie/carbery-makes-good-green-50-pledge/
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