Aldi Ireland achieves Bord Bia Origin Green Accreditation

Tara McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia with Giles Hurley, group managing director Aldi Ireland
Tara McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia with Giles Hurley, group managing director Aldi Ireland

Aldi Ireland is the latest brand to be granted Origin Green certification, the national sustainability programme established by Bord Bia.

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11 April 2018 | 0

Aldi Ireland has become the latest brand to sign up to Bord Bia’s sustainability charter, known as Origin Green. As part of the agreement to pursue sustainable business practices, the supermarket chain has developed as comprehensive plan that sets out key targets in sourcing, health and nutrition, social responsibility, waste emissions and energy.

In total, Aldi has outlined 55 targets, which will be independently verified by Bord Bia going forward.

A nationwide food sustainability programme,  Origin Green was established in 2012 by Bord Bia.

It  is the world’s first national food sustainability programme bringing together government, food producers and food retailers to achieve the common purpose of improving the sustainability of Ireland’s food production system. Many of the 175 Irish suppliers Aldi partners with have also committed to the programme.

“At Aldi, we have a long-standing awareness of our responsibility to the environment,” says Giles Hurley, MD of Aldi Ireland, “and to reducing our environmental footprint. Sustainability is an increasingly important aspect of doing business, particularly in the production of food and drink.

“We have set ourselves 55 sizeable targets,” Hurley continued, “that will raise the standards right across our business and ensure sustainability remains at the forefront of our business for many years.”

Tara McCarthy, chief executive of Bord Bia, welcomed Aldi as the latest verified member of the Origin Green programme. “Aldi’s ambitious sustainability plan, framed within the Origin Green programme, highlights its strong commitment to the environment and sustainable business practices,” McCarthy said.

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