Ridley’s corporate purpose is to provide high-quality animal nutrition products and services that help our customers achieve business success and personal satisfaction. In doing so, we recognize our responsibilities for ensuring a safe work environment at our facilities, producing feed products that are safe for animals and the food chain that consumers rely on, minimizing the environmental impact of our operations and doing our share to help improve the quality of life in our communities.
Ridley is committed to creating a world-class safety culture at all our facilities and offices. We have invested significantly in new equipment, such as robotic package handling systems that reduce the risks of back strains and other injuries in our plant workforce.
Ridley’s products and operations are regulated and audited by the Center for Veterinary Medicine of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Food and Production Inspection Branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
To ensure quality and consistency in the feed ingredients we purchase and to control our manufacturing processes, we operate in accordance with ISO 9001 certified quality standards and HACCP principles. HACCP is a systematic preventive approach to food safety that focuses on critical control points in feed and food manufacturing in order to reduce or eliminate the risk of hazards being realized.
We also maintain certifications at all of our facilities under the Safe Food/Safe Feed safety standards developed by the American Feed Industry Association. We have implemented lot traceability at our facilities and undertake regular testing of the effectiveness of our product recall procedures.
Agriculture’s ability to feed future generations depends on careful stewardship of our core environmental resources—land, water and air. As our first duty, Ridley complies with all relevant government environmental statutes and regulations established for the operation of feed facilities.
We also recognize that it makes good economic sense to reduce waste from the raw materials we process and the energy resources we consume. Therefore, we measure the volume of greenhouse gas emissions attributable to the electricity and natural gas that power our manufacturing processes. The energy consumption of the average Ridley manufacturing facility is the CO2 emissions approximately equivalent to 250 automobiles in typical use for a year (per EPA standard measures).
At Ridley, we encourage employees to be active members of their communities through volunteer work and charitable giving. As a company, we set aside one percent of pre-tax earnings for donations to community charities or for disaster relief organizations. The selection of charities is made from the recommendations of employees who already participate in or actively support these groups or organizations.