What we stand for
The dairy industry is built from the ground up, and we are committed to making a positive difference to our people, our farmers, our customers, our communities and environments where we operate.
To help get much-needed supplies out to the affected regions, we’ve supported our charity partner Foodbank through an initial donation of $40,000 of milk powder – which equates to 78,000 litres of milk for those who need it most. We’re also helping store 500 pallets of food and supplies generously donated by food companies and the public until Foodbank is ready to ship it.
Our people wanted to know how they could help, so we’ve hosted an event at our Richmond head office where our people had the opportunity to donate. So far, our team has raised almost $8,000 – and with Fonterra matching every dollar, $16,000 will be donated to the Australian Red Cross Disaster and Relief Recovery Fund.
Our farmers are part of a tight-knit community, and it’s important that we all rally together. A co-ordinated industry effort is underway to get help to where farmers need it most. This includes getting feed to affected farms and helping to home cows outside the fire zones until they’re safe to return.
The bravery and determination of the emergency services volunteers has been nothing short of inspiring, and we’re proud to have members of our team on the frontline with the CFA and SES. To recognise their dedication and the care they show to the community, we provide additional volunteer leave.
We’ve been humbled by the support of our Kiwi colleagues and farmers who joined the fleet of New Zealand volunteer firefighters to bravely fight these devastating fires. Thank you.
Sadly, it’s going to be a challenging next few months as the dry conditions as a result of the drought show no signs of abating. Although at this point our business is fortunate to be in a better position than many, and our priority continues to be the safety of our people and our farmers.