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AMI Announces Winners of MAPS Environmental Awards

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The American Meat Institute (AMI) Environmental Committee held its 4th Environmental MAPS awards reception on June 5, 2008, in Kansas City, Missouri, at the AMI annual Environmental Conference. 


This year’s EMS recognition awards were given to 173 plants.  Tier 1 recipients totaled 22; Tier 2 recipients totaled 33; Tier 3 recipients totaled 70; and Tier 4 recipients totaled 47.  Of the 173 recipients, 109 were recipients in 2007 for one of the Tiers. For a complete list of this year’s winners, click here: http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/d/sp/i/266/pid/266.


The basis for these MAPS awards are the development and implementation of Environmental Management Systems (EMSs).  They provide a proven framework by which AMI member companies can minimize their environmental footprint, improve efficiency and effectiveness, reduce accidents and injuries, lower costs, and demonstrate corporate responsibility to the public. 


The Environmental MAPS program is AMI’s voluntary, four-tiered EMS program that recognizes company and/or individual plant progress through the four tiers – from the first steps in Tier 1 of organizing for development of an EMS all the way through to implementation of a fully-functional EMS at Tier 3.  One further step is available for those who choose to pursue it – achievement of ISO 14001 certification.  A growing number of companies and plants are pursuing ISO 14001 status.  Each Tier level has increasingly complex requirements, and plants or companies work to progress through the tiers to the level that works best for their environmental goals.  To be eligible for an award at any level, they cannot have had an NOV during the year. 


AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle noted that in an industry-wide effort to address environmental impact, the issue has been declared “non-competitive” among AMI members, meaning companies openly share information as it relates to environmental issues and solutions to the problems presented.  


“These awards programs provide the guidance and acknowledgement intended to enhance our environmental stewardship,” Boyle said. “We congratulate all of the plants recognized this year and thank them for their efforts.”


AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI’s members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the United States. The Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the meat and poultry packing and processing industry.


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