Our Culture - Sustainability 

In Glanbia we believe that a culture of shared values and behaviours is the bedrock of a sustainable, trusted and responsible business. 

Glanbia defines sustainability as responsible business. Our sustainability strategy is to advance our purpose and vision through an integrated, phased programme that creates long-term stakeholder value by generating economic, environmental and social value. 

2016 Highlights

Developed Group-wide environmental and corporate responsibility programmes, with specific, measurable goals;Completed full-year Group environmental reporting across all operations, 2020 targets on track; Adopted health and wellness programmes for employees and communities as Phase one of our Nutrition for Society framework; and Continued leadership in food safety and quality.

Our Goals

Our goals, while modest in phase one, are critical steps to support our ambition to be one of the world’s top performing nutrition companies, trusted to enrich lives every day. These goals build on the progress made by individual parts of Glanbia to date. Examples of leadership which over time will be leveraged for the Group include nutrition through lifecycle, innovation in supply chain, energy conservation and driving out waste. As Glanbia develops a Group sustainability approach, we seek to capitalise on and extend these learnings.

Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder engagement determines our approach to sustainability. This engagement takes place at many levels within the organisation and feedback is captured on an on-going basis and helps to inform the review process, both in terms of performance and materiality.

Sustainability Reporting

Given this is our first Group-wide report, we focus on selected issues most material for our business and industry. We examined Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines, including the G4 Food Sector Supplement, in determining key aspects, boundaries and measures. We have also mapped our plans against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


Sustainability within the organisation is currently governed by the Group Executive who provide leadership, appraise performance and promote industry best practice. The Group Director of Sustainability, who reports to the Group Director of HR & Corporate Affairs, works closely with other Group functions on all elements of the Glanbia sustainability programme.

© Glanbia plc 2017. All rights reserved

© Glanbia plc 2017. All rights reserved