Food for thought: Kilkenny food giant wins Bord Bia diversity award
A major county Kilkenny food producer has picked up one of the top prizes at the Bord Bia Food and Drink Awards 2019.
Granagh-based Dawn Meats, based in Grannagh, jointly won the Diversity & Inclusion award at a gala ceremony held over the weekend.
The firm, which employs more than 7,300 people here and overseas, has been rewarded for policies that reflects its multi-cultural workforce.
Dawn Meats shared the award with Diageo, the parent company of Guinness.
CEO Niall Browne said: “This award is testament both to our diverse workforce and the diversity of the markets we serve. As a global business, we want to continue to attract the best talent from all areas and backgrounds.
“Our diversity and inclusion strategy ensures we can do that by maintaining an environment that fosters mutual employee respect and promotes productive relationships.
“I’d also like to extend my congratulations to Diageo, a worthy winner and partner in the Open Doors initiative and we are pleased to be recognised alongside them in this category.”
Dawn Meats is a founding member of Open Doors, an initiative that provides training and employment opportunities to marginalised groups in society, people with disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers and people under 25 experiencing educational barriers.
The company has annual revenues of over €2 billion and has operations in a dozen countries.
PHOTO: Gill Higgins, Niall Browne, Richard Clinton, and Philip Tallon of Dawn Meats accepting the Bord Bia Diversity and Inclusion Award at the RDS, Dublin