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Approved until 31 May 2022



About the company

Based in Co. Cork the Carbery Group is a leading international manufacturer of value-added ingredients, flavours and cheese. For over 50 years Carbery has brought innovative and high quality foods and ingredients to the marketplace: Creating great tasting, healthy food experiences enjoyed by people everywhere. Carbery Group has a significant presence in Ireland and employs almost 300 people in Ireland and 800 globally, as well as exporting to over 50 different markets


Carbery’s nutrition business pioneers, manufactures and markets a comprehensive range of advanced whey proteins. Although primarily destined for use in infant, performance, and clinical nutrition, these proteins are also suitable for protein supplementation in mainstream foods and beverages.

Key brands include Optipep® hydrolysed whey protein and Isolac® Whey Protein Isolate,.


Carbery manufactures cheese for retail, foodservice and catering and food manufacturing applications. Focused on tailored developments for end customers in terms of flavour and functionality. Bringing an award winning range of cheeses to consumers every day.

Key brands include Dubliner Cheese


The Carbery Group acquired its first flavour business in 1998. Since then, it has built up an international flavours division, Synergy Flavours, which provides flavourings, natural extracts and essences throughout the food, beverage and nutrition sectors. Synergy has operations in North and South America, the UK, Italy, Ireland and Thailand.

Key brands include Synergy Pure®

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 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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Exemplary Performance Target Areas 

Minimum Origin Green Targets Required Annually = 8


Spotlight Target Area: Social Sustainability & Community Engagement

Led by Enda Buckley, Director of Sustainability, Carbery’s Origin Green Sustainability Plan was developed with input from a cross-functional team involving all departments, including Sales and Marketing, Services, Environmental, Financial, and Quality. 

The cooperative ethos runs deep throughout the organisation and this is reflected through its strong involvement in the local community which is deemed essential.

Carbery has long been a significant donor to local community groups, charities and sporting organisations. However, its sustainability plan gave it a platform and opportunity to formalise and enhance its community engagement by putting improved structures in place.

Community Donations

Committing to its ambition to support the community even further and again recognising the impact of teamwork, Carbery formed a Charity Committee to drive and implement planned initiatives.

In 2019, the company exceeded its targeted amount for community donations by 12%. This was delivered via the following activities throughout 2019: 

  • Staff held a cake sale onsite to fundraise for a local playground in February.
  • Two relay teams completed the Cork City Marathon to raise funds for local charities in June.
  • Carbery was the corporate sponsor of the Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race (SCAR) in October, with funds raised being donated to funds to Dunmanway Community Hospital, Marymount Hospice, Cork University Hospital’s Children’s Unit and Jack & Friends Centre for Autism. 
  • Staff raised funds during Breast Cancer Awareness Week in October.
  • The annual staff Christmas Jumper Day raised funds for The Simon Community.


Contributing to our local community has been part of how Carbery has done business for over 50 years. Through our community engagement strategy, we can continue to grow this support and make sure we are contributing to deserving causes in a sustainable and impactful way. 

CEO Jason Hawkins


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