WEST LIBERTY, Iowa–In December 2020, West Liberty Foods received a Green Supply Chain Award from Supply and Demand Chain Executive. The award honors West Liberty Foods ongoing commitment to reducing waste and increasing sustainability throughout their operations.
Director of Environmental, Health and Safety Michele Boney explained the award: “recognizes companies making sustainability a core part of their supply chain strategy and working to achieve measurable sustainability goals within their own operations and supply chains. The recipients of this year’s award have made sustainability a priority in a time of crisis, focusing on ways to re-use or recycle items throughout their operations.”
West Liberty Foods has implemented a number of measures to meet these goals. A landfill free company, West Liberty Foods either recycles, composts, or has their waste converted into energy. When West Liberty Foods first gained this designation from NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR), an organization that inspects and certifies companies based on health and environmental standards, they became the first company of their size to do so.
They also hold ISO 14001 certification, which entails following an internationally recognized set of standards that lay the groundwork for sound sustainability practices. West Liberty Foods has also developed sustainable procurement and supply chain procedures to further guide their business. All of these policies apply not only to West Liberty Foods location in West Liberty but to their plants in Mount Pleasant; Bolingbrook, Illinois; and Tremonton, Utah and their cold storage facility, also in Bolingbrook, Illinois.
Boney took pride in West Liberty Foods earning a Green Supply Chain Award. “It is an honor to be recognized for practices that West Liberty Foods has implemented to be a more sustainable company,” she stated.
Though West Liberty Foods has never gotten a Green Supply Chain Award, several other groups have celebrated their work in the past. As far back as 2003, they earned a Iowa Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for Special Recognition in Waste Management. More recently in 2017, they received a Murray J. Fox Recycling Innovation Award. Their cold storage facility, Liberty Cold, also received the Food Logistics’ Top Green Provider Award for 2020.
While West Liberty Foods has already taken many steps to make their business more environmentally friendly, they continue to innovate and find new ways to stay sustainable. Going forward Boney says the company plans to focus on reducing green house gas emissions, energy use, and water use. They also hope to find more effective ways to recycle their plastic waste.