Meat firms recognised for inspiring young people

Two leading meat producers have received recognition for their work in inspiring young people to take up careers within the food and agriculture industries.

Both Dalehead Foods and Moy Park have been awarded a ‘Big Tick’ at the regional stages of the prestigious 2013 Responsible Business Awards, a long-running scheme, organised by Business in the Community, which aims to reward and encourage corporate responsibility.

Gaining a ‘Big Tick’ is the first level of accolade within the awards, which sees companies recognised for a range of good practice, including improving the health and wellbeing of employees, to helping disadvantaged people into employment or building long-term partnerships with schools.

Both companies achieved the Big Tick in the Rural Action Award, which aims to recognise businesses that support rural communities to maintain a vibrant, sustainable rural economy.

Seamus Rooney, managing director of Dalehead Foods said: “Our ASPYRE programme has become an integral part of Dalehead Foods, giving us the opportunity to inform and inspire young people to consider career opportunities within the agricultural and food industries. It also embraces our values in being a responsible employer and a great company to work for; it opens up a new world of opportunity to young people and is essentially part of who we are.”

Brian Moreland, Moy Park’s corporate responsibility manager, said: “As a business, we are committed to acting responsibly and believe it is crucial to support young people who have an interest in working in the agri food sector. The judges recognised our ongoing work with Young Enterprise, the Prince’s Trust Food Leadership Group and the Moy Park Academy, which helps young people develop skills and fosters talent in the industry.”

Both Dalehead Foods and Moy Park are now in with a chance of going into a national final, which sees the best of the ‘Big Tick’ winners going head to head across a range of categories to find overall winners.

Stephen Howard, Business in the Community’s chief executive, said: “The Responsible Business Awards shine the spotlight on an aspect of business that very rarely gets much public recognition – and that is its ability and willingness to truly transform lives, communities and society for the better. I congratulate Dalehead Foods for its Big Tick today, which recognises that it is part of a movement of companies creating value by living their values. We hope their example will inspire many more businesses to put responsible behaviour at the heart of how they do business.”