Linden Foods, the Fane Valley red meat processor, has launched GreenTrack, a dedicated sustainability programme which for the first time sets out the companies’ commitment to delivering on responsible and sustainable business practices now and for the future.
“Linden Foods is committed to operating in a responsible and sustainable way in everything it does. We have always known the importance of having in place sustainable farming practices, minimizing waste and ensuring our colleagues are valued and rewarded with a safe and challenging workplace with opportunities to train further and develop. GreenTrack formalises our commitment to sustainable practices and ensures this approach is central to our strategic decision making.”
Gerry Maguire, Managing Director, Linden Foods
GreenTrack highlights some of Linden Foods recent achievements in sustainability and sets ambitious targets under the four key pillars that make up the GreenTrack initiative, namely Environment,Colleagues and Communities, Agriculture and Customers.
In the last year, efforts to drive efficiency at production level have already delivered significant savings. This has included reducing water usage by the equivalent of 10 Olympic sized swimming pools and reducing waste volumes and electricity usage. About 121 tonnes of CO2 has been saved.
GreenTrack also articulates Linden Foods commitment to its Colleagues and Communities which has seen the business provide work experience and placement opportunities to young people across Northern Ireland, with close links in particular with Loughry College and Greenmount College. The Apprenticeship Programme has to date enjoyed great success with one of their employees, Alan Haugh from Portadown, receiving the Recognition Award at the Northern Ireland 2012 Apprentice of the Year Awards.
While huge steps have already been taken by Linden Foods in terms of a more sustainable business model they are also working towards targets such as:
Absolute energy reduction targets
Comprehensive waste reduction targets by 2018
Recruiting additional 40 apprentices across the business in the longer term
Continuation of the E-CO2 project until 2016
Further development and completion of beef process evaluation and meat quality benchmark programme