Our Way of Supporting is the way we create shared value for our many stakeholders; our staff, members and farmers, customers, industry and communities

At Ornua, we want to use our culture of sustainability to help attract and retain the best people. We want to be known as an employer of choice that encourages the professional and personal development goals of our staff. Finally, we want to foster a workplace where sustainable and innovative thinking is embraced and rewarded.


Be an employer of choice

Target Review Date

1 Create a health and wellness programme for our staff

Develop and launch a health and wellness programme, Spring - for healthy bodies and happy minds, to Ornua staff 2017

2 Create a continuous learning environment through the training and development of our people

Devise and roll-out a global leadership programme to high potential leaders2017

Implement an emerging leaders programme globally2017

Deliver a Graduate Development Programme2017

Implement a suite of learning and development courses for all staff, both professional and technical2017

Facilitate a series of leadership masterclasses for all staff globally2017

3 Promote safe behaviours in our workplace

Implement a new Health & Safety policy and programme of activity across all Ornua plants and offices2017

4 Foster a diverse and inclusive workforce

Create a Diversity Strategy for Ornua with an initial focus on gender diversity in our leadership population 2017


To pay strongest possible product price returns to our Members

Target Review Date

1 Deliver a Purchase Price Index as a minimum 96% of indexed LTO 2017
2 Maintain members’ purchase in-line with milk output growth 2017


To partner with organisations that are a strong, natural match to our values as a business

1 Partner with organisations that are aligned to our goals of supporting grass-fed family farming systems

Deliver the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Award programme that recognises standards of excellence in Irish dairy farming2017

2 Support charities within the local community

Support those in need in Ireland by donating food waste to Foodcloud2017

Support Irish charities including Focus Ireland, Little Sisters of the Poor, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Alzheimer Society of Ireland2017

Facilitate Duvet Day auction for staff to raise money for GOAL2017

Support the World Development Fund2017

3 Promote the heritage and history of butter making in Ireland

Support the Cork Butter Museum2017

4 Support initiatives to inspire the next generation of food entrepreneurs

Sponsor the UCC Food Entrepreneurship Challenge2017

Sponsor the Ornua National Cheese Competition which celebrates artisan cheese makers at the Listowel Food Fair2017

5 Promote the understanding of Irish food and empower people to make healthier and more informed food choices

Sponsor LitFest, a food and drinks literary festival in Ballymaloe, which acts as a hub for food enthusiasts worldwide to meet and share ideas2017


To support and collaborate with industry partners to ensure the long-term viability of the Irish dairy industry

1 Partner with Origin Green to better promote the quality of Irish dairy

Support of the Origin Green Ambassador Programme which actively promotes the Origin Green programme internationally2017

Participate on the Origin Green Dairy working group to effectively promote the SDAS internationally2017

2 Collaborate with industry partners on dairy sustainability initiatives

Participate in the Dairy Sustainability Forum2017

Participate in the ICOS Climate Change Working Group2017

3 Improve the image and understanding of agriculture, farming and the food industry

Participate on the board of Agri Aware2017

Promote dairy breeding excellence at the National Dairy Show2017

Promote the benefits and consumption of dairy through support of the National Dairy Council2017

Support animal health through participating on the board of Animal Health Ireland2017

4. Educate future generations of farmers

Educate farmers through the delivery of market workshops through the ICOS skillset programme2017

Mentor future farmers through Tesco’s Future Farmer Foundation2017

Support Macra na Feirme youth community initiatives2017

Support the Nuffield Scholar annual conference2017

Support the Agricultural Science Association conference2017