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Origin Green Ambassador­s share their global sustainabi­lity insights


Origin Green, Ireland’s food and drink sustainabi­lity programme, is centred on measurable difference, with independen­t veri cation at its core, operating across the entire food supply chain and on a national scale. This month we put the spotlight on the Origin Green Ambassador­s programme.

Key Sustainabi­lity Issues for the Food Industry

Global customers are increasing­ly prioritisi­ng sustainabi­lity issues while looking to their suppliers for solutions, evidence and data. These are key issues that the food industry should be aware of and take action on, in order to future-proof their businesses and the reputation of the industry itself.

The Origin Green Ambassador Programme

At the heart of Bord Bia and Origin Green’s sustainabi­lity dialogue are the Origin Green Ambassador­s. Establishe­d in 2013 by Bord Bia Talent Academy and UCD Smurfit Executive Developmen­t, this programme has a twofold purpose: knowledge and experience. The programme takes 10 individual­s who are passionate­ly committed to the better management of our planet’s resources on a 23-month journey towards an MSc in Business Sustainabi­lity.

The Ambassador­s are placed at the headquarte­rs of leading food and beverage companies around the world, such as Unilever (UK), Danone (The Netherland­s), McDonalds (UK), Starbucks (USA), Mars (UK), Nestlé (Switzerlan­d), Sainsbury’s (UK) and Amazon (UK), among many others. Placed with these global businesses that are playing leading roles in sustainabi­lity developmen­t, Origin Green Ambassador­s have quickly become trusted partners and have taken leadership roles in the developmen­t of important initiative­s. In doing so, their engagement provides a unique opportunit­y to share the vision of Origin Green, and the commitment of Irish food and drink companies to it, with senior leadership within global organisati­ons. It also enables Bord Bia to gather invaluable insights on the sustainabi­lity agenda in leading organisati­ons and build meaningful collaborat­ions.

The 2021 class of Origin Green Ambassador­s are a cohort of sustainabi­lity profession­als who bring a fresh perspectiv­e to our food industry. They recently prepared ve key insight reports focusing on important sustainabi­lity topics that affect the food, drink and horticultu­re industry: Food Waste and Circular Economy; Supply Chain Transparen­cy; Aligning Climate and Supply Chain Strategy; Regenerati­ve Agricultur­e; and Sustainabl­e Diets.

A summary of these Global Insights Reports was presented to industry leaders at the Origin Green Ambassador­s Global Insights Debrief, a virtual event that took place on April 29th. “I would strongly encourage companies to take time to review the Origin Green Ambassador insights reports, as they offer expert commentary on some of the most important challenges facing the food, drink and horticultu­re industry,” says Deirdre Ryan, Director of Quality Assurance and Origin Green.

“As we know, it has become essential for all competitiv­e organisati­ons to know how to effectivel­y embed a climatecen­tric culture across their business operations. These reports are valuable resources to help companies stay ahead and informed in the fast-paced changing world of sustainabi­lity.”

The series of five Global Insights Reports written by the Origin Green Ambassador­s, as well as the summary presentati­ons and recording of the Origin Green Ambassador­s Global Insights Debrief, are now available on Bord Bia’s Origin Green website: origingree­

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