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Dawn Meats Group

Membership Status:

Approved until 31 May 2021

Sector:

Meat

About the company

Dawn Meats is the supplier of choice to a range of leading supermarket, food service and restaurant businesses, exporting to more than 50 countries. As a family-owned business Dawn Meats remains true to its farming heritage through the close relationships it has forged with over 30,000 farmers from whom it directly sources grass-fed cattle and lamb for processing at its 25 plants.

Dawn Meats was established in Co. Waterford, Ireland in 1980, and has grown to a business with over €2bn in annual revenue, employing 7,000 staff in eight countries. The company works with some of the world’s leading food companies who are attracted by a commitment to sustainability and quality.

Key Sustainability Commitments

5 PILLARS

Dawn Meats sustainability strategy is built across 5 pillars:

  • People and community
  • Sustainability sourcing
  • Animal welfare
  • Food safety and Nutrition
  • Resource management

These pillars are underpinned by a commitment to innovation.

LEADING ON SUSTAINABILITY

Dawn Meats has been a verified member of Origin Green since 2012, and is a sponsor of the Origin Green ambassador programme. The company participates in the Irish Government CSR Forum, are active members of Business in the Community ( BITC ) and collaborates with the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB). Dawn Meats was the first Irish Food Manufacturer to achieve BITC’s Business Working Responsibly Mark for it’s flagship plant in Waterford.

AWARDS

Dawn Meats has won numerous sustainability awards including the Bord Bia sustainability award in its inaugural year in 2013 and again in 2017. Dawn Meats has been recognised with numerous customer and industry awards such as Green Awards and Chambers Ireland CSR awards. Other awards can be seen in the news section of their website https://www.dawnmeats.com/index.php/news.

SENIOR LEVEL SUPPORT

Dawn Meats CSR committee meets regularly and is comprised of senior managers (CEO plus Commercial, HR, Engineering, Technical and Operations Directors) who review progress and drive the CSR and Sustainability strategy.

PEOPLE AND COMMUNITY

Dawn Meats promotes sustainability awareness with employees, through induction training and awareness campaigns. An Environmental Week campaign first held in 2015 is repeated annually as are food safety and health and safety weeks which were first held in 2016.

Dawn Meats supports the local communities by sourcing locally produced livestock and services which contributes and sustain the rural Irish economy. Dawn Meats through its membership of BITC publishes it contributions to community groups and charities on http://livemRTaps.bitc.ie/.

RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE SOURCING

Dawn Meats are supporting farm level sustainability through a number of initiatives such as their Newford Demonstration Farm http://www.newfordsucklerbeef.ie/ the Better Farm Programme and the Young Beef Farmers Sustainability Programme. Dawn Meats sources renewable energy and certified sustainable cardboard packaging.

ANIMAL WELFARE

Good animal welfare is embedded in Dawn Meats culture and they recognise that such practices are the only acceptable approach. Animal welfare team members are selected who have the correct aptitude, attitude and temperament and undergo extensive animal welfare training in accordance with legislation. At all times animal welfare is monitored which is supported with CCTV.

HEALTH AND NUTRITION

By supporting and sourcing grass fed beef and lamb, the resulting meat has a healthier fatty acid and vitamin profile. For added value products Dawn Meats strive to make them healthy and nutritious; an approach that’s enshrined in its’ new product development policy. In its recent CSR report (https://www.dawnmeats.com/index.php/downloads/finish/1-sustainability/50-dawn-meats-sustainability-plan) the company has highlighted proven nutritional attributes of red meat.

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

EMISSIONS, ENERGY, WATER, & WASTE: Dawn Meats has set itself ambitious 2025 reduction targets across its Origin Green sites for emissions, energy and water intensity improvements, at 70%, 55% and 55% respectively and are on track to achieve these targets. Dawn Meats diverts 100% of its waste from landfill and has a network of waste champions to drive waste reduction and increase recycling.



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