Origin Green Charter
At the core of the Origin Green programme is the Origin Green Sustainability Charter. Before becoming a verified member of Origin Green, a manufacturer, retailer or foodservice operator must sign up to the relevant Origin Green Charter.
What is the purpose of the Charter?
The charter helps guide the development of a three-to-five year plan committing to sustainability improvements. All Origin Green sustainability plans are independently verified by SGS, a third party agency, and monitored on an annual basis through progress reporting which is also independently verified.
The Charter also promotes best practice in the design, implementation and reporting of environmental and other sustainability practices in the Irish food and drink industry and demonstrates the sustainability credentials of individual members. Bord Bia also reports on the cumulative progress of members through an annual sustainability report.
As part of the commitment to this charter, food and drink manufacturers must agree clear objectives across three key areas:
- Raw material sourcing (minimum of 1 target)
- Manufacturing processes and operations (minimum of 3 targets)
- Social sustainability (minimum of 2 targets)
How does it Work?
The Charter is designed to allow companies, large and small, determine themselves what measures they wish to take to address sustainability issues.
Individual companies determine which actions will have the greatest impact in improving their sustainability performance while also offering potential commercial benefits. Each company decides internally what areas they wish to focus on and how best to implement change so that specific targets are achieved. This is done through the development of a sustainability plan which is then assessed by an independent third party, SGS.
While formal certification is used at farm level for the Origin Green programme, it is not appropriate in the case of food and drink manufacturers as it would be too prescriptive. Publishing a certification standard would be could be too narrow in scope given the range and scope of manufacturing processes that make up Irish food and drink sectors.