Responsibility

At M.C. Herd, Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of our business and a motivating factor when making decisions and activities on society and the environment. Consequently we will make transparent ethical behavioural decisions, that:

  • Manage our business risks and behaving in a transparent manner
  • Produce a high quality & safe product that our customers can trust
  • Contributes to sustainable development, including the health and the welfare of society and our employees, contractors and visitors
  • Responsible for managing and avoiding environmental impact including green house emissions
  • Forming partnerships with local communities groups and charitable organisations
  • Is compliant with applicable law and consistent with international norms of behaviour, and
  • Work with key stakeholders to promote best practice when it comes to animal welfare, transport and processing

Our People

“At M.C. Herd, our people are at the core of everything we do. Keeping them safe, healthy and happy is a high priority for our business.”

We are committed in creating a safe work environment; ensure that all regulatory and legal compliance in all facets of our business. We strive to create an organisation that is employer of choice.

At M.C. Herd we are an equal opportunity and a multi-cultural employer and offer our employees personal development and professional growth to meet their goals as well as committed to produce a high quality product for our customers.

We are proud of our loyal staff and consider them an extension to our family. We are committed to foster a culture that celebrates difference in our employees and consider our enthusiastic and dynamic team the back bone of everything we do. It is important that our employees feel safe, valued, respected and has an opportunity to share their ideas within our business.

Environment

As a large export meat processing facility, M.C. Herd has an environmental policy in place that reflects our commitment to conduct business in a manner that respects and protects the environment. We are continually striving towards a more efficient use of resources. We acknowledge that our employees and the community expect responsible environmental practice by the M.C. Herd business. Specifically M.C. Herd is committed to:

  • Complying with environmental legislation, regulations, standards and codes of practice relevant to the particular business as the absolute minimum requirement in each of the communities in which we operate
  • Conducting our operations to minimise and, wherever practicable, to eliminate negative environmental impacts
  • Continuous improvement of our environmental performance including regular review and the setting of environmental objectives and targets
  • Conducting business with suppliers and contractors who have a commitment to a responsible environmental policy

We work closely with government authorities to identify opportunities for reducing water consumption. We have also partnered with manufacturer located in Shepparton where our waste products are processed and turned into high quality fertilizer.

M.C. Herd is also focused on reducing our energy consumption and have made a significant financial investment installing 1.3 Mega Watt solar system across our vacant land thus reducing our energy consumption levels.

We will continue to explore innovative environmental projects to further achieve our goals.

Community

M.C. Herd is a proud supporter of local community groups including a number of sporting and charitable organisations across Australia.

Animal Welfare

M.C. Herd is committed to ensuring that all our animals are treated humanely. As part of our policy, M.C. Herd has an approved voluntary arrangement with the Australian Livestock Processing Industry Animal Welfare Certification System (AAWCS) to ensure that the highest standards for the care and welfare of all livestock are adhered to at all times.

We are regularly audited by the controlling authorities, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) and Aus-Meat to ensure that we meet the above standard requirements.

We will continually strive to improve and promote the importance of animal welfare handling practices including providing appropriate training to our employees for the care and handling of livestock and maintain a preferred supplier list for livestock carriers and transporters.