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Membership Status:

Approved until 31 May 2023



About the company

Ornua is a dairy co-operative which sells dairy products on behalf of its members, Ireland's dairy processors and, in turn, Irish dairy farmers. It is Ireland's largest purchaser of Irish dairy products, exporting to 110 countries worldwide. Headquartered in Dublin, it has annualised sales of over €2.3 billion and a global team of 2,400 employees. Ornua operates from ten business units worldwide, including 12 production facilities, and has sales and marketing teams working in-market across all four corners of the globe. The Group is structured across two divisions: Ornua Foods and Ornua Ingredients. Ornua Foods is responsible for the marketing and sales of Ornua's consumer brands, including Kerrygold, Ireland's only €1 billion food brand, Dubliner, Pilgrims Choice, Kerrygold Avantage, Forto, and BEO. Ornua Ingredients is responsible for the procurement of Irish and non-Irish dairy products and for the sale of dairy ingredients to food manufacturing and foodservice customers across the world.

Key Sustainability Commitments

Spotlight Target Area: Community Engagement

Ornua's sustainability strategy, Our Way Matters, underlines the company's dedication to sustainable environmental, economic, and social actions that benefit its environment, business, and community. Ornua aims to incorporate an inspirational and robust sustainability framework as an Origin Green member. Ornua works towards empowering its employees, giving leadership to its members, and supporting customers, protecting the Dairy industry for future generations. The Origin Green five-year target for Community Engagement has been achieved and exceeded. Ornua's Glás Communities Fund, amounting to €100,000 in 2021, supports five social innovations that address rural development, biodiversity, conservation, water quality and the issue of plastic packaging. In addition, Ornua supports academic programmes, educational scholarships and a UNICEF-led vaccination programme.

Spotlight Target Area: Supplier Certification / Emissions
Ornua 2025, Growth for Good, is the ambitious growth plan that centres around
simplifying its business and focusing on areas that drive valuable and profitable
growth securing the long-term sustainability of the business. With growth, comes
responsibility, and to grow responsibly, Ornua is committed to caring for the
environment, its animals, and the communities it operates in. Since 2016, absolute
emissions in Ornua are down 25%. Since 2017, actual food waste as a % of total output
was reduced by 65%. Within the area of raw materials, 100% of the farms supplying to
Ornua Member Suppliers for the Kerrygold brand were SDAS approved against a target
of 100%, an increase from 96% in 2019. 100% suppliers of raw ingredients of butter
are SDAS approved and Origin Green members. All palm oil is RSPO-certified.

Case Study 2021