Inghams Enterprises, a leading Australian and New Zealand integrated poultry producer, has achieved gold level Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) certification for one of its major production plants
The Somerville processing plant on the Mornington Peninsula (Victoria) is the first meat processing plant in the world to achieve AWS certification and only the second business ever to achieve a certificate. It is also the first to achieve gold level.
Businesses on every continent around the world are currently gearing up for a tilt at certification, according to Kevin O’Grady of Pinnacle Quality, who was part of the project.
“Inghams had their own reasons to go for full certification. They were not market reasons but a need to demonstrate best practice to regulators and stakeholders who had been critical of their performance in the past.
“The game has now changed completely. Over the course of their water stewardship journey, Inghams has received recognition for its efforts from government (the Australian Prime Minister’s Water Prize) and customers (global leader on water in the McDonald’s Sustainable Supply Chain awards). As a result of this, and the certification, their previous issues have been managed away,” O’Grady says.
The framework is valuable in its own right and there is a self-verification option for two years for those who want to measure themselves or use the framework as a gap analysis. Beyond the third year, self-verification is not possible and the implementer will have to progress to full certification if they wish to continue to declare conformity with the AWS Standard.