UK Cider Makers Take The Lead Again With Sustainability Scheme
Article from Cider UK.
Cider industry leaders have announced another first for the
industry today as the National Association of Cider Makers (NACM)
becomes the first drinks' trade body to work with
Business in the Community (BITC) to address sustainability.
As leading cider producers gathered in Ledbury, Herefordshire,
it was revealed that members would undertake the comprehensive BITC
analysis of their business operations The Responsible Business
Checker, reaffirming their commitment to be the 'greenest' industry
in the UK.
Henry Chevallier, Chair of the NACM said: "We take our
responsibilities seriously and are proud of what we have
achieved. The chance to work with BITC and again offer a
lead, gives us the framework to do even more."
As key players in the UK's rural economy, members of the
National Association of Cider Makers are determined to further
enhance the areas and environment in which they
operate. The Responsible Business Check-Up supports that
aim and provides the means to develop a strategic approach to
improving social and environmental performance.
Already one of the UK's most sustainable industries, UK cider
has already reported progress. It recorded a 12%
reduction in CO2 from 2000 to 2008 and has the stated aim to be
both 'carbon neutral' and produce 'zero waste' in a decade from
Nearly half of all of the apples grown in the UK are used by the
industry and in the last decade more than 8,000 acres of
new orchards (or over four million trees) have been
planted following investment by some of the larger cider
producers. Recognising that cider apple orchards are
already a beneficial use of agricultural land,
the NACM is determined to develop strategies to enhance
the positive impact of the industry.
Henry Chevallier commented: "Enhancing the benefits from what we
do and minimising the impact is a priority, for both individual
cider producers and for the industry as a whole. We
believe that putting ourselves through this rigorous exercise will
better inform how we make this happen."
Stephen Howard, CEO of Business in the
Community: "I'm delighted to welcome
National Association of Cider Makers into membership of Business in
the Community. The sustained commitment of companies to greater
leadership in the field of responsible business has never been more
important. That's why we're here, to help companies identify where
they can have most impact - positively - for people and the planet.
I look forward to working with NACM on their responsible business