ingredients solutions makes cheese products for food firms all across the planet
Everyone at Ingredient Solutions in Boherbue was celebrating last week when it emerged that the company had been awarded the EcoVadis Platinum Medal for sustainability, putting them in the top one percent of businesses globally.
EcoVadis is one of the world’s largest and most trusted providers of business sustainability ratings, with a global network of more than 75,000 rated companies. A platinum rating from EcoVadis is highly prestigious.
With climate change and sustainability currently at the forefront of world policies and recognising the importance for all sectors of industry to focus on their environmental impact, Ingredient Solutions set itself on a course to achieve the highest possible sustainability standards.
“Having a sustainable business is critical in the current climate,” said Managing Director,” Ian Galletly. As we grow we invest and the Ecovadis platform was the ideal way for us to benchmark our progress.
“The team did a great job gaining silver status first time round last year. That inspired us to aim higher still, so we expanded our cross-departmental team internally and partnered with Nexio Projects, an international sustainability consultancy based in Rotterdam, to drive us to gold status this year. In the event we raised our game sufficiently to secure platinum recognition, a huge achievement.
To be in the top 1% of businesses assessed by Ecovadis is something we are really proud of. It’s now all about retaining and building for the future”.
A great deal of credit for the achievement lies with two key members of staff - Technical Manager Suma Lakshmana and Production Manager Margarete Morski, who have been the driving force of this initiative.
Suma Lakshmana said: “I want to acknowledge and congratulate everyone who has contributed to this success. We can grow and improve even further on what has already been achieved with continued support and teamwork”.
In 2020 Ingredient Solutions began a proactive route to achieving sustainability, recognising that it was the responsibility of the business to measure its impact on the environment and to take action to achieve sustainability. The company began working with EcoVadis to set sustainability targets and measure its success in achieving them. This has resulted in the award of the top ranking, the platinum medal, achieved by only 1% of businesses, in November 2021.
The sustainability assessment is holistic and based on environmental factors such as energy consumption and pollution during production as well as the environmental impact of the products themselves; for example, the product’s end of life scenario.
Business ethics are also included and the management and business practices are assessed to ensure that the business is responsible. The working environment of the staff, conditions, training, safety and rights are also investigated during the process. An action plan emerges from the assessment which guides staff in improving the sustainability of the business.
Meanwhile, Ingredient Solutions continues securing and maintaining contracts with some of the UK and Europe’s leading names in food service and production as well as exporting cheese to the food industry all over the world, including the Middle East and China and the Bahamas.
The company has always been very conscious of its impact on the local environment also, and the production facility in Boherbue provides vital employment for the community.
Looking ahead to 2022, Ingredient Solutions intends to continue to improve sustainability still further. The company also anticipates that ‘Vegans Choice’, the newest addition to the Yellow Road Range, will be a popular new product. It’s a mozzarella alternative for the food industry, helping food businesses adapt their menus for a growing number of vegan and flexitarian consumers.
Ingredient Solutions, set up in 2000, provides innovative cheese ingredients and products across many sectors of the food industry. They have an extensive customer base including two of the world’s largest global franchise chains and hundreds of ready meal, fast food and food on the go outlets. Products using their cheese are on virtually every supermarket shelf in Ireland, the United Kingdom and throughout Europe.