Sustainability

For all our futures

The importance of sustainability

As a family-owned company, our philosophy is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our staff, to be active and positive contributors to the communities in which we live and work and to be good stewards of our environment. 

 

In 2021, we launched the Dawn Farms All Our Futures Sustainability Programme. The purpose is to unite our 4 manufacturing plants across Ireland, the UK and Germany under one common sustainability strategy. This includes our commitment to setting Science Based Targets for GHG reduction. Through the programme, we have put in place common goals and initiatives under our 4 key sustainability pillars to contribute to a sustainable future for all and ensure the long-term sustainable development of Dawn Farms.

Our Sustainability Focus

Working in harmony with the world around us

Environment

Mindful of our energy and water use, food waste & product packaging.

  • Commited to setting science-based targets for greenhouse gas reduction
  • Reduced overall energy use per unit of production by 5% from 2016 baseline
  • All fat and oil waste from cooking process is recycled into biofuel
  • Zero waste to landfill company

Workplace & Community

Engage with and promote positive initiatives within the workplace and community. 

  • Over 120,000 meals donated to FoodCloud
  • Our 2-3 year Apprenticeship Programme develops skills for Electrical Technicians, Engineers, Lab Technicians, in Supply Chain, Lean Six Sigma, Robotics and more…
  • Work with KARE and Naas General Hospital to help people with intellectual disabilities gain new skills

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Health & Nutrition

Continuous development of products with simple and nutritious ingredients. 

  • Palm oil is not permitted in any of our ingredients
  • Strive towards clean label ingredients
  • Lower salt options available for all our products
  • Plant Deli and 50/50 product ranges offer high protein, sustainable alternatives to 100% animal-based products

SUSTAINABLE SOURCING

Insist on robust traceability, segregation, product control, provenance & animal welfare from our suppliers.

  • Sourcing 100% renewable electricity since 2014
  • All cardboard packaging is FSC certified
  • No protein raw materials or dry ingredients are sourced from areas of deforestation

We have set emission reduction targets to limit global temperature rises to 1.5°C and have submitted our targets for validation to the Science Based Targets initiative.

Charlie Purcell, Dawn Farms Sustainability Manager

Origin Green

Putting our principles into practice

Dawn Farms is a founding member of Origin Green, Ireland’s pioneering food and drink sustainability programme. The programme is the worlds’ only national food and drink sustainability programme, and enables the industry to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets that respect the environment and serve local communities more effectively. Our commitment to sustainability goes beyond the here and now. It underpins our desire to guarantee the integrity of our products and their security of supply long into the future.

SustainabLE PARTNERSHIPS

We are proud to collaborate with the following organisations to ensure best practice in our operations and value chains aligned with our 4 sustainability pillars.

ALIGNED WITH THE UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

We are committed to supporting the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the activities of the All Our Futures Sustainability Programme. The 17 SDGs are a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a global sustainable development agenda. We focus on the areas we can have the biggest impact; particularly Goal 2 (zero hunger), Goal 12 (responsible consumption and production), Goal 13 (climate action), and Goal 17 (partnerships for the goals).