Dawn Meats blazes responsible working trail

Dawn Meats has become the first Irish food manufacturing company to achieve the Business Working Responsibly Mark at its Carroll’s Cross site in Waterford. 

The achievement puts it in a select group of just 25 companies across all industries in Ireland to have attained the standard, which was developed by Business In The Community (BITC) Ireland. The organisation’s CEO Tina Roche presented Dawn Meats CEO Niall Browne with its certificate last week. The company hailed it as a significant milestone on its road to becoming Europe’s most sustainable meat business.

The mark represents a challenging standard. It is audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland and modelled on the internationally recognised ISO 26000 benchmark.

The audit took place over two days this month. It encompassed a comprehensive review of Dawn Meats, covering corporate responsibility governance, workplace, marketplace, environment and community practices.

“Over the last two years we have updated our sustainability strategy, published our first CSR [corporate social responsibility] report and broadened our engagement with stakeholders,” said Browne. “As a business we are committed to continuous improvement and are excited by what is achievable over the coming years.”

Head of CSR David O’Flynn added: “Being awarded the mark is tremendous recognition of the commitment shown by Dawn Meats to responsible business practices. Over the past 18 months, the team has worked with BITC’s Mark framework to develop a formalised and documented approach to responsibility and sustainability.

“Dawn Meats knows that being responsible and sustainable works in harmony and synergy with business growth and it is this knowledge that ensures our continuation on this path.”

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