Society

People are the cause and effect of the change needed to reach net zero and limit warming to 1.5°C. We must take a balanced approach to implementing solutions, so that society as a whole is able to adapt.

Our Society Ambition outlines our actions to maintain an inclusive workplace for our people and develop and retain the talent we need to help us adjust and innovate, as we support our communities through the transition to net zero. It outlines our approach to protecting human rights and our community engagement initiatives.

We will nurture inclusive relationships with our people and communities, help them to live more sustainably, and support the just transition to a net zero future.

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The Right Measure

We will be guided by data and science when setting targets, developing plans and making decisions.

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The Right Solution

We will collaborate to scale up the right solutions and innovations for a more sustainable food system.

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The Right Balance

We will focus on areas of greatest impact, taking a balanced approach to bring our communities with us along the way. 

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Our Approach

Our people are our most important asset and we work hard to build and maintain an inclusive workplace for our diverse team of over 40 nationalities. Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan governs our approach to recruitment and talent development, managing the workplace environment, employee engagement and retention and health and wellbeing. We will continue to develop and retain the talent we need to help us mitigate the risks and leverage the opportunities associated with climate change.

We work hard to protect human rights in our supply chains and operations, and our Business and Supplier Codes of Conduct and policies are guided by the Ethical Trade Initiative Base Code. We are members of SEDEX and our sites undergo SMETA and Supplier Workplace Accountability Audits. Climate change is increasingly impacting vulnerable communities around the world and we will continue to collaborate with customers and partners through the Food Network for Ethical Trade, to address human rights risks where there is poor supply chain transparency.

We will continue to support our communities as we navigate the transition to a net zero future. We sponsor education and science to encourage innovation in sustainability and facilitate knowledge sharing with the farming community. We encourage employees to get involved in volunteering, fundraising, festivals and events, and our goal is to have a positive impact on the communities where we operate, source from and where our employees live. 

Our Commitments and Actions

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Inclusive Workplace

We promote equity, embrace diversity and challenge discrimination, and work to make sure our workplace is an inclusive environment where we ‘Do the right thing’, and where people feel they belong. 

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Ethical Trade and Human Rights

We work hard to protect human rights in our supply chains and operations, and our Business and Supplier Codes of Conduct and related company policies are guided by the Ethical Trade Initiative Base Code.

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Community Engagement

We sponsor education and science to foster future innovations in sustainability, and encourage employees to get involved in volunteering, fundraising, festivals and events. Our goal is to have a positive impact on the communities where we operate, source from and where our employees live.

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Supporting Farmers

We support farmers to develop their skills, by sharing knowledge, facilitating learning and encouraging their passion for agriculture, to help secure a resilient livestock sector for the future.

Our Assurance and Collaboration

We invite external third-party oversight and verification of business policy, practice and performance, to provide confidence to our stakeholders.

Our Ambitions

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Environment

We will protect and restore nature and biodiversity and work towards the development of a circular economy, powered by renewable energy.

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Farming

We will inspire sustainable farming to foster better animal health and welfare, enhance meat quality and restore biodiversity, soil health and water quality.

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Food

We will continue to provide high quality, natural, delicious food, rich in protein, essential vitamins and minerals, to support human health and wellbeing.

Insights

We aim to take big steps to ensure our footprints are small in supporting our goal of transitioning to a net zero future.

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Plan Four Zero Launch

CEO Niall Browne and Sustainability Director Gill Higgins announce our ambitious Roadmap to Net Zero.
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Environmental Update

Sustainability Director Gill Higgins and Group Environmental Managers for Dawn Meats and Dunbia, Mark Dowling and Victoria Kerr discuss the plans and achievements to date under our Environment Ambition.
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Sustainability Report 2021

CEO Niall Browne and Sustainability Director Gill Higgins take us through the key highlights of our 3rd bi-annual Sustainability Report.