Ingham’s takes its environmental obligations seriously and has had an environmental policy in place for more than 30 years. The policy provides the framework for a comprehensive management strategy that is integrated with our overall business strategy. It ensures that individual sites are managed in a consistent way and to a high standard. In the last decade, sustainability has become a focus for the organisation and is a key business objective, helping identify business improvements and further efficiencies. Ingham’s is now recognised as a sustainability leader and has led the world in the adoption of advanced water treatment to reduce water use.
In 2009, Ingham’s opened an advanced water treatment plant at our site in Murarrie, south-east Queensland.
Through the use of advanced treatment processes, including reverse osmosis, we can treat our water to extremely high standards, reducing our reliance on local water supplies and, as a result, making this site more sustainable.
Our commitment to sustainability through initiatives – in particular, the Murarrie Advanced Water Treatment Plant – has been recognised at both a federal and state government level as well as by industry leaders. We are very proud of the sustainability awards we have won, which include:
In 2010 we won the prestigious Australian Prime Minister’s Water Wise Award – the nation’s pre-eminent award for water efficiency excellence by commercial and industrial water users – for the plant at Murarrie.
In December 2009, Ingham’s Enterprises was awarded a Fresh Food Grant from Woolworths Ltd in the category of Fresh Food Farming Process Improvement, which recognises sustainability through reducing, reusing, recycling or replacing resources such as water.
Ingham’s is absolutely committed to sustainability and in 2006 we joined the Sustainability Advantage program, which is run by the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC). Sustainability Advantage is a support service that helps businesses identify their sustainability issues, and then draw up a roadmap for committed action.
In 2008 we were named Bronze Partner for our commitment to business sustainability. The former NSW Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, the Honourable Carmel Tebbutt MP, awarded the plaque to Ingham’s Group Environment Manager, Julia Seddon.
In 2013 we were proud to be named Silver Partner and see our continued dedication to sustainability show positive impacts on our business practices.
In 2012 Ingham’s was awarded Sustainable Supplier of the Year by Australia’s largest manufacturer of pet food.
Ingham’s has been the recipient of the Social Responsibility Award from YUM (KFC) Restaurants in both 2010 and 2012. This award recognises partners who “walk the talk” of leadership.
In 2012 Ingham’s very own Group Environment Manager, Julia Seddon, was awarded the WME Corporate Sustainability Leader Award for her efforts in spearheading our mission for environmental responsibility.
In 2014 Ingham’s was presented with this prestigious award for our role in water stewardship and sustainability in action.
Ingham’s was the Eco-Efficiency category winner selected by the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST) in 2014.