Around the World, water security is under treat from climate change and we all have a responsibility to protect this essential resource for future generations. Water is critically important for all food processing, where it is primarily used for sterilisation, washing and general hygiene. As part of our meat production process, water is accessed through wells on our sites, the public water supply and by harvesting rainwater.

We are signatories to WRAP’s Water Roadmap, which sets out pathways to address collective challenges in protecting water for food supply, nature and communities. The food industry vision is to deliver the Courtauld Commitment 2030 water target that 50% of the UK’s fresh food is sourced from areas with sustainable water management, while protecting and restoring biodiversity, and contributing to Net Zero goals through nature-based solutions.

All production sites will be evaluated against a variety of initiatives such as rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse, with suitable projects rolled out by 2030, and water usage intensity will be reduced year on year. 

Modern Management System

Our production sites are ISO certified for environmental management (Dawn Meats and Dunbia) and real-time performance is observed across the business through our Management System, with water metering systems in place to monitor consumption across site operations (e.g. Wastewater treatment plants, washing activities, food production, livestock welfare and amenities). Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are agreed and progress is shared through monthly calls, site reports and site operations meetings. This communication strategy provides insights into opportunities for improvement across our sites.  As per our Environmental Sustainability Policy (Dawn Meats and Dunbia) we are committed to continuously achieving water intensity reductions.

Investment in Technology​

We continuously optimise the efficient use of water across our sites through ongoing investment in technology, data management and online metering platforms to provide real-time information on water usage and allow for wastage and anomalies in water consumption to be promptly identified and rectified. We have invested in several reduction projects including rainwater harvesting, low flow steriliser units, solenoid controls and upgrading washing equipment.

Responsible Water Treatment​

Across all sites, a variety of wastewater treatment techniques such as screening, Dissolved Air Flotation units and biological and chemical treatment are implemented to achieve high quality treated wastewater. At several sites, greywater is recycled to minimise overall water consumption. We regularly review best available and upcoming technologies to ensure continued improvements are implemented.

Employee Engagement​

Employees are engaged on how their actions impact water performance, and training is provided to maintain a culture of accountability across our sites. Awareness campaigns on the importance of water conservation are regularly arranged. These take the form of toolbox talks, PIT meetings, training and directed reviews when opportunities for improvements are identified.