Linden Foods named one of Northern Ireland’s top ‘green’ companies

Linden Foods named one of Northern Ireland’s top ‘green’ companies

Linden Foods, one of the UK’s leading fresh meat manufacturers has been listed as one of the top scoring companies in this year’s NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey conducted by Business in the Community’s ARENA Network, achieving Platinum quintile status.

Pictured are David Gavaghan, ARENA Network, Mael Wilford, Environmental Manager, Linden Foods and Environment Minister Mark H Durkan.

Pictured are David Gavaghan, ARENA Network, Mael Wilford, Environmental Manager, Linden Foods and Environment Minister Mark H Durkan.

The Survey, which is supported by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Fleet Financial, annually assesses top businesses in Northern Ireland for environmental management, performance and assurance.

With almost 300 organisations from 15 different sectors invited to take part, including the top 200 companies and leading public sector organisations, 119 organisations participated this year and the average overall score increased from 71% in 2012 to 77%.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan commended all participants for their leadership and achievement saying: “In today’s challenging economic climate, smart businesses are increasingly looking to improve their operational and resource efficiency and reap the associated benefits of cost savings and greener credentials. The ARENA Network Survey is undoubtedly a key influence in supporting organisations to achieve a more sustainable way of doing business. The results are improving year-on-year, highlighting the importance of environmental responsibility for business and the growing need to benchmark their environmental performance.

“I applaud all the participants of this year’s survey; they are ambassadors for good environmental stewardship who have, and will hopefully continue to, set the standard for responsible business practice.

“Taking responsibility for your environmental impact is not just the right thing to do, it is essential for building a strong and sustainable future. Working together, the public and private sector can make a real difference.

“The journey of sustainability is not only the right thing to do, but there are significant benefits, both financial and strategic. It’s important that we engage other organisations to help understand, measure and reduce their impacts; as well as helping them see the advantages of taking part in the ARENA Survey as being a key driver for environmental management.”

Earlier this year Linden Foods launched GreenTrack, a dedicated sustainability programme which, for the first time, set out the company’s commitment to delivering on responsible and sustainable business practices.

This week (Nov 11th, 2013) in a move designed to underline its commitment to the initiative, Linden Foods has launched GreenTrack Week, a six day programme packed with activities that will see everyone across the business getting involved in various environmental projects.

Getting the week underway will be a number of employees, who wouldn’t typically be in a farm environment, who will visit a local farmer and award-winning supplier to Linden Foods where they will plant native hedgerows and assist with the farmer’s numerous sustainability projects.

Linden Foods’ environmental manager ,Mael Wilford and supply chain manager, Frank Foster will carry out a school visit to Dungannon Primary School to educate the P7 class about farming and the world around them. Employees will be able to take advantage of fresh fruit snacks donated by Quinfresh in support of GreenTrack, while throughout the week designated collection points will be set up across the Dungannon site where all staff can recycle old and unwanted clothes and textiles.

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