Sustainability high on Bickford’s agenda

Posted by Josette Dunn on 25th August 2010

Businesses both large and small are recognising the need to integratesustainability as a core business strategy as they move towards a new future.

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Bickford’s Australia, best known for its award winning famous range of Traditional Cordials, recognises their responsibility of reducing harm to the environment as adirect result of how they conduct their business.

Initially established as a pharmaceutical manufacturer in Adelaide in 1839, Bickford’s has grown and evolved into a leading edge premium beveragemanufacturer, producing a diverse portfolio of domestic and internationalproducts from a super fruit juice range to carbonated soft drinks, plain andflavoured water, coffee essence and milkshake syrups.

With capacity to label, fill and package high volumes of bottles, Bickford’s has recognised the need to take active steps tomanage the company’s environmental footprint. In-depth analysis of key business units identified a range of areas which are nowbeing proactively managed to reduce impact to the environment. This has allowed Bickford’s to implement improvement processesand procedures specifically related to the two major resources used in their manufacturing processes, water and energy.

Bickford’s’ firm commitment to sustainable development required implementation of an environmental system that covers currentenvironmental considerations, sustainability, waste reduction, conservation and recycling. They now have a dedicated conservationcommittee which meets regularly to discuss targets, measure performance, raise awareness internally and externally and provideinitiatives for further improvements.

As part of their commitment to sustainability Bickford’s:

  • Identify and manage environmental impacts in key areas including packaging, manufacturing and head office buildings
  • Minimise waste-to-landfill, waste water discharges and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Observe strict conservation principles for water, energy and natural resources
  • Employ environmental considerations towards product stewardshipCoach and train environmental management commitments to all staff
  • Aim for World’s Best Practice through the alignment of systems to ISO 14001
  • Regularly monitor, report and improve on environmental performances in water usage, energy usage, gas usage, waste water, solid waste & recycling quantities

Bickford’s Quality and Environmental Coordinator Liz Tossell says “the passion we share for our brands extends tosustainability within our workplace and the activities we undertake.”

“We are proud of the steps we are taking and the efficiencies and improvements we are making. It’s an ongoing processand one that we do, and all other businesses should, take very seriously.”

By strictly following their structured environmental system, Bickford’s has recently been able to achieve:

  • Improved efficiency of their state of the art reverse osmosis process to achieve significant savings in water usage.  The reverse osmosis technology is a highly effective purification process which removes impurities such as bacteria from water.
  • Implementation of energy efficient lighting and lighting timers to reduce energy usage by 70 Gigajoules per Kilolitre fromAugust 2009 to August 2010
  • Reduced waste water by 40%
  • Improvement in their National Packaging Covenant report to 3.9 out of 5 in 2010

Integrating sustainability into the business model not only improves resource efficiencies and reduces a company’senvironmental impact, but also provides an avenue to gain competitive advantages and enhanced business profitability.

The time has come for businesses to do their part and help shape our Nation’s future.