We want to play a proactive role in our local communities through creating employment, purchasing goods and services from local suppliers, and supporting educational and community groups such as charities, schools and sporting organisations. We also understand the need to be a good neighbour, which means minimising any negative impacts on the people around us, but also maximising our positive impacts
Supporting Agricultural Communities
In West Cork, Carbery supports shows in Bandon, Bantry, Barryroe, Belgooly, Clonakilty, Dunmanway and Skibbereen by providing financial support to ensure the shows can grow and develop, to reflect the changing interests and issues of the farming community.
Supporting charities in our local communities is a key part of our sustainability approach. Whether through direct fundraising, partnering or actively working with charity partners, across all Carbery Group sites, our people do their part to give back to those less fortunate and help to build their local capability within their communities.
Tackling hunger and malnutrition
In 2019, our Synergy US team joined more than 1.3 million volunteers who helped to hand-pack nutritious meals at an event coordinated by the non-profit organisation Feed My Starving Children.
Supporting Vanilla Growing Communities in Madagascar
Synergy source vanilla from Madagascar which, according to the United Nations Development Program, has the third lowest school attendance in the world, ahead of only Haiti and Afghanistan. Synergy Flavors has been working with the Madagascar Development Fund (MDF) over many years to help address this issue and drive transformational change. In 2016, we completed the construction of two primary schools near Sambava, Madagascar and, the following year, completed two further schools in Antohomaro and Farahalana. In 2019, through the coordination of MDF, we supported the construction of a further two new schools in Antsirabe Nord and Menagisa.
SCAR — Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race
Since its inception, the Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race (SCAR) has raised over €160,000 for various local charity groups. Carbery Group is proud to have sponsored it for the past three years and a number of employees have participated in it over that timeframe. Charity recipients, including both national and local beneficiaries, have included FoodCloud, Bóthar, the Mercy Foundation, Dunmanway Playground, the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People, Pieta House and Cork South West Autism. SCAR is the largest Charity Adventure Race in Ireland and is managed by a special race team on behalf of Skibbereen & District Lions Club. It offers something for every level of fitness with a beginner, intermediate and expert race option. Participants can look forward to a serious challenge that will test and push them to compete, around a truly memorable course, unique to South West Ireland.
Our Synergy facility in Wauconda has experienced a period of rapid growth. The local community has been very supportive of us as we developed and increased the size of our facility, and we wanted to give something back. In 2018, we began working with the local community on the upkeep of nearby Garland Road as part of Wauconda’s ‘Adopt-a-Roadway’ initiative.
Carbery supports local post-primary schools through our work with ‘Business in the Community’. We partner with local schools and support their transition year programmes. We participate in ‘Day in the Life’ career briefings and help students to see the many career options they can pursue. Mock Interviews are held to help students gain essential interview skills.