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Figure 24: Site

involvement in

environmental

programs.

Management systems

Management systems provide assurance to

management, regulators and the general public

that appropriate procedures are in place to

minimise potential adverse environmental or

health impacts. They also ensure that the company

is implementing measures to continually improve

their performance. Certified management systems

provide the greatest assurance by requiring

independent auditing.

Nearly all sites (96%) indicated they were HACCP

(food safety) certified; 69% are ISO9000 (quality

management) certified and 1 % are ISO14001

(environmental management) certified.

Non-certified management systems also provide

benefits for companies trying to improve

their environmental performance. Formalised

operating procedures linked to a management

system provide ways for companies to ensure

employees at all levels recognise the importance

of environmental issues.

Figure 4 shows the majority (88%) of companies

have developed an environmental policy. More

than half the sites have developed environmental

operating procedures and contingency plans,

conducted environmental risk assessments, and

provided environmental awareness training.

Number of sites

50

45

40

35

30

25

20

15

10

5

0

Environmental Policy

Environmental operating

Third-party enviro audit

Set enviro targets

Conducted enviro

risk assessments

Provided enviro

awareness training

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Contingency plans

Developed environmental

report

External programs

Working collaboratively with external parties such

as chemical suppliers and external contractors can

provide environmental and economic benefits to

both parties.

For example, requesting suppliers to reduce the

quantity of packaging supplied with products can

reduce both the environmental and economic

burden of supplying packaging and costs of

disposal. Other examples include working

with farmers to supply treated wastewater for

irrigation and organic wastewater sludge for land

application, and working with chemical suppliers

to reduce chemical use. More than half Australia’s

dairy manufacturers are currently engaged in

external programs (Figure 5).

Number of sites

with no external

program 46%

Number of sites

with external

programs 54%

Figure 25: Involvement in external programs.

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