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Approved until 31 May 2024



About the company

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.

Key Sustainability Commitments

Sustainability at Carbery

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

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

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Spotlight Target Area: Biodiversity
Promoting and supporting enhanced biodiversity both in the company’s production
facilities and on the farms of its suppliers has been a key priority of Carbery, with
several biodiversity initiatives on its site, including the Carbery Millennium project,
where over two acres of oak trees and 20 bird boxes were planted in an adjacent
field to its Ballineen facility. At Carbery’s Ballineen facility, a walled garden on-site
underwent considerable work in 2019 to restore it to a haven of biodiversity and
wildlife. At the company’s wastewater treatment plant, a phacelia meadow was sown
along with a wide variety of plants. Carbery has also long supported biodiversity
initiatives on farms, which included an ecological assessment being carried out on 50
Carbery Greener Dairy farms. This illustrated that the farms had on average 10–15%
semi-natural habitat cover which is significantly greater than the European average of
5%. To date, the Carbery Trees initiative has seen over 45,000 native trees planted all
over West Cork. Phase three will see an additional 60,000 trees planted on Carbery

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