GLANBIA has expanded its accredited farm audit process into a new sustainability programme which will boost the eco credentials of production methods used by the co-op’s 4,300 Irish milk suppliers.
An extension of the Dairy Farm Assurance Scheme, which Glanbia’s suppliers have been following since 2005, the new programme will tie into the on-farm auditing infrastructure used in Bord Bia’s assurance schemes.
Glanbia managing director John Moloney said: “ We see this programme as a process of continuous improvement, based on what is already a strong commitment to sustain-ability.”
The full programme will subseq-uently be extended to all Glanbia suppliers in 2012. The company is to establish an advisory group comprising milk suppliers, Bord Bia, Teagasc, international customers and a non-governmental organisation with a global reputation in sustainability.
Glanbia will also launch a sustainability awards scheme for its milk suppliers this autumn — open to all suppliers. It will seek to award leading sustainability practice at farm level.
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