Our Commitment

Environment &
sustainability

At Baiada, we believe it is our responsibility to work in a manner that reduces harm to the environment. We are always looking for ways to implement processes that will help to safeguard the future of the world.

Minimising our impact on the environment is one of our primary focuses as a business. The initiatives adopted by Baiada to limit the effect of our activities include:

  • The formulation and issue of our Environment and Sustainability Policy by the most senior executive the Managing Director.
  • The development and implementation of an Environmental Management System that is certified to AS/NSZ/ISO 14001 Standard across all major company-owned sites. This focuses on not only sustaining our environment, but enhancing it to achieve a process of continual improvement.
  • Becoming a signatory to the National Packaging Covenant in September 2001 and committing to the strengthened Australian Packaging Covenant in 2010. The development of our detailed Action Plan will assist in fulfilling these objectives.

As we strive to reduce impact to the environment, we are proud to know that our initiatives have been recognised accordingly:

  • Energy and Carbon Solution – Baiada was awarded three out of the seven categories at the Energy and Carbon Solutions Annual Awards 2016, including:

    — Energy and Environment Champion – This prize was presented to our National Environment & Sustainability Manager for multiple projects that will save an estimated 28,020 tonnes of carbon and $1.69 million in energy costs annually when completed.

    — Project of the Year – Our Beresfield Cogeneration System recieved this award due to its ability to produce an estimated 375,000 litres of hot water, 1 Mega Watt of electricity and reduce 24,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.
     
  • Recognition from Business Clean Up Australia – As part of celebrating 25 years of Clean Up Australia Day, Ian Kiernan AO, the Chairman and founder of Clean Up Australia Ltd, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Baiada for its contribution to Business Clean Up Australia over the last 10 years.

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Accreditation

Producing quality products that our customers love is of the utmost importance to us. In order to do this, we have stringent systems in place and expectations around standards that enable us to provide Australia with the very best.

Quality assurance

At Baiada we all share the responsibility of customer service and supplying a safe product. The implementation of internationally recognised quality systems assists us in meeting our goals.

Systems have been put in place into all areas of our business, including food processing, distribution, feed manufacturing, protein recovery, hatcheries and farming operations. These quality systems help to control processes such as purchasing, training, product control and product traceability, while also providing improvement to existing processes.

The processing and cooking plants that produce our chicken and turkey meat are accredited to Safe Quality Food (SQF) 2 000, a standard accepted by both domestic and international markets. Our farming and hatchery operations hold SQF 1000 accreditation, while our feedmills are certified to Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) standards.

Baiada has also implemented an Environmental Management System across approximately 30 company sites that are certified to AS/NZS/ISO 14001 Standard and is in the process of bringing other sites up to this standard.

HACCP

The HACCP system at Baiada meets the certification standards for Codex Alimentarius (Alinorm 97/13A). This internationally recognised accreditation covers our food processing and distribution, pet food processing and distribution, feedmilling, and protein rendering.

The 7 principles of HACCP are:

  • Principle 1 Conduct a hazard analysis. Prepare a list of steps in the process where significant hazards occur and describe the preventative measures.
  • Principle 2 Identify the Critical Control Points (CCPs) in the process.
  • Principle 3 Establish critical limits for preventative measures associated with each identified CCP.
  • Principle 4 Establish CCP monitoring requirements. Establish procedures from the results of monitoring to adjust the process and maintain control.
  • Principle 5 Establish corrective actions to be taken when monitoring indicates a deviation from an established critical limit.
  • Principle 6 Establish effective record-keeping procedures that document the HACCP System.
  • Principle 7 Establish procedures for verification that the HACCP System is working correctly.

Halal

Australia is a multicultural country, where different types of customs, traditions and food are abundant within society.

The processing of chickens is not impacted by Halal certification. All processing complies with the current Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Livestock at Slaughtering Establishments.

Halal food does not taste any different from any other non-Halal products. It also does not increase the cost of our product to consumers.

Baiada is one of the Australia’s Halal certified poultry producers as determined by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils. Our halal range incorporates a variety of standard fresh and frozen poultry, including whole chickens, chicken pieces, and breast and thigh fillet. We also produce an extensive range of processed halal products.

Please see the Steggles or Lilydale websites for more information about specific products.

Workplace welfare

We are committed to providing our staff with a working environment that gives them the ability to flourish and grow. After all, their future is ours, too.

Statement regarding the Proactive Compliance Deed between the FWO and Baiada

Baiada believes it has a moral and ethical responsibility to require standards of conduct from all entities and individuals involved in the conduct of its enterprise, that:

a) Comply with the law in relation to all workers at all of its sites; and

b) Meet Australian community and social expectations, to provide equal, fair and safe work opportunities for all workers at all of its sites.

Prior to the release of the Baiada Report, Baiada had commenced instituting changes to the contracting and subcontracting arrangements it had previously used to engage its contracted labour force (comprising less than 20% of its workers), due to its concerns that those arrangements were not stringent enough and that more needed to be done to ensure that the contract workers on its processing plant sites were not vulnerable to exploitation, including by way of underpayment.

Baiada has and will continue to implement fundamental, permanent and sustainable changes to its enterprise, because Baiada agrees that, for all workers, on all of its sites, Commonwealth Workplace Laws including the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), Fair Work Regulations, and Fair Work Instruments, should be fully complied with.

November 13, 2015

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