Our purpose of ‘delivering better nutrition for every step of life’s journey’ is our expression of why we exist as a company. Nutrition is at our core – and unites us all. Glanbia is at the early stages of developing a comprehensive approach to Nutrition for Society – aligning our community and social investments with our purpose, vision and values. In Phase one we are focusing on two key pillars – employee health and wellness and corporate responsibility. Our longer term ambition is to leverage our extensive market insights and nutrition expertise into a defined, broader global nutrition programme.
Building on feedback from the 2015 ‘Your Voice Survey’, employee wellbeing is a key focus area with the development of a Group framework for health and wellness. The Glanbia Health and Wellness Framework 2016–2020 envisages: The provision of standardised health and wellness programmes for all Glanbia employees including:
- Availability of health and wellness education;
- Consistent food offerings; and
- Onsite health and wellness facilities (where feasible).
Glanbia is committed to prioritising the opportunity for employees to engage in Group Corporate Responsibility partnership(s) in Ireland and North America – that inspire and engage employees to volunteer and connect.
Health and wellness - Corporate Responsibility
Building on the success of many years of Corporate Social Responsibility, in 2016 we launched a refreshed Group-wide approach to Corporate Responsibility. Commencing 2017, Glanbia corporate responsibility programmes will adopt a clear focus on projects in the community which actively support health and wellness.
Examples of our impacts in 2016
GPN Sports Nutrition School
In 2016 over 14,000 employees, customers and consumers attended GPN’s sports nutrition school across 120 global education sessions. The school is an industry leading programme designed to educate employees, customers and consumers on the benefits of combining good nutrition and exercise. A key event in 2016 was the first ever Asian Sports & Nutrition Summit held in Beijing with 800 attendees.
Glanbia Consumer Products - Great Pink Run
Glanbia supported Breast Cancer Ireland’s Great Pink Run through a partnership with Avonmore Slimline Milk. More than 6,000 joggers, walkers and runners, including Glanbia employees, took part in the event which was held in August in Dublin. The 2016 Great Pink Run raised in excess of €200,000 with all funds going to breast cancer research and awareness programmes nationally.
GPN - Fit Malaysia and Fit India
During the year, GPN partnered with the Governments of India and Malaysia on two wellbeing initiatives – Fit Malaysia and Fit India. Both initiatives assisted the Governments in addressing the increasing incidence of non-communicable lifestyle diseases, including diabetes and heart disease, brought about through lack of exercise and nutrition.
GII – Irish Heart Foundation
In 2016 GII teamed with the Irish Heart Foundation to promote employee and farmer heart health on programmes including CPR training, happyheart@work, physical activity challenges, and farmer wellbeing and safety, offering complimentary heart health checks across the country.
Glanbia Nutritionals - Charity golf
The twenty third Annual Glanbia Charity Golf Challenge raised $163,500 this year for eight local charities in the Twin Falls community.
Sports sponsorships and connectivity
Glanbia has long standing partnerships with sports in Ireland and more recently in the US through a number of high profile sponsorships. These associations deliver brand essence for key brands such as Avonmore and BSN, but also inspire recreational sports enthusiasts, employees and local communities. Glanbia’ s association with the Kilkenny senior hurling team, the Kilkenny camogie team and the Waterford and Wexford hurlers all resonate strongly with local engage in Group Corporate Responsibility partnership.