During the 12th edition of the “Back to School” Program, Smithfield Romania volunteers provided the school children from Timiș and Arad County with backpacks and school supplies
Timișoara, September 12, 2018. For 3 days, 7,000 school children from 60 communities in Timiș and Arad Counties were visited by Smithfield Romania volunteers during the educational program ”Back...
Timișoara, September 12, 2018. For 3 days, 7,000 school children from 60 communities in Timiș and Arad Counties were visited by Smithfield Romania volunteers during the educational program ”Back to School”. School and pre-school children were especially pleased to receive school supplies and magnetic boards for kindergarten activities, backpacks, pencil cases and timetables with tips for a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet.
”We strongly believe in the importance of this program, as demonstrated both by the number of school and pre-school children increasingly large with every edition, and the desire of our volunteers to participate in the ”Back to School” caravan. Through our actions at the beginning of each school year, we want to ensure access to education and encourage school performance of children in the community where we operate”, said Cristina Bodea, Sustainability Director, Smithfield Romania.
This year’s program included over 500 children of Smithfield Romania, Elit and Vericom employees, school and pre-school children form the preparatory to 4th grade, who received backpacks and school supplies, early this fall.
”As in the past 12 years, school and pre-schools children from Timiș County, and not only, set off on the path of knowledge, equipped with school supplies necessary to offer them support in education. Next to them are Smithfield Romania volunteers, who demonstrate by the power of example. The long-term partnership with Smithfield Romania comes in support of quality education for each school child”, said Mrs. Aura Codruța Danielescu, General Inspector, Timiș County School Inspectorate.
Over 46,000 school children from localities where Smithfield Romania operates were included in the educational support program “Back to School”, which started in 2007.
Smithfield Romania has developed over time many sustainability and social responsibility programs being, among others: initiator of the program “Food for Souls”- to help families with social needs, sponsor of the project "World Water Monitoring Challenge", a water quality analysis and monitoring program, involving school and pre-school children, initiator of the social responsibility program called ”Smithfield Friends” - to encourage volunteering among employees. Smithfield’s social responsibility programs have bene locally and internationally recognized, company volunteers being awarded with various awards, among which: Smithfield Foods “Environmental and Sustainability Awards 2014”, "Diploma of Excellence" (PR Awards, 2014), and 2nd place and nominations at Romanian CSR Awards Galas, 2013, 2015 and 2016 edition and, more recently, the award: Smithfield Foods Sustainability Awards 2017 – for good practices in sustainability programs.
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Regarding the Request for a Review of the Integrated Environmental Permit to be submitted to Timiş Environmental Protection Agency, 18-18A Liviu Rebreanu Blvd., postal code 300210, Timișoara, by S.C. SMITHFIELD ROMÂNIA S.R.L. headquartered in Timișoara, 4 Polonă Street, Building A, for the purpose of carrying out the activity provided in Appendix 1 of Law no. 278/2013 in the category:
6.6. – Intensive rearing of poultry and pigs, with capacities over:
c) 750 sow places
The request to review the integrated environmental permit refers to: VOITENI FARM – existing facility in operation, Timiş County.
Information regarding the potential environmental impact of operations for which the integrated environmental permit is requested to be reviewed, can be consulted during working hours, at Timiş Environmental Protection Agency, 18-18 A Liviu Rebreanu Blvd., postal code 300210, Timișoara.
Observations, suggestions, and proposals of the public are received daily, in writing, at Timiş Environmental Protection Agency, 18-18 A Liviu Rebreanu Blvd., postal code 300210, Timișoara or by email at: email@example.com within 30 days of the announcement.
Information on the Activity of Birda Farm in Terms of Environmental Protection, According to GD 878/2005 on Public Access to Information Regarding the Environment
- 1st – 3rd Trimesters 2019 -
Birda sow and nursery Farm belonging to S.C. Smithfield Romania S.R.L. – Farms Division operates according to the following regulatory acts:
- Integrated Environmental Permit no. 15 of 05.04.2018, with validity for 2019
- Water Management Permit no. 28 of 18.01.2018.
Quality of environmental factors was monitored according to frequency set in the Integrated Environmental Permit and the Water Management Permit. Indices monitored were correlated with the specific activity carried out onsite. Monitoring was conducted by certified laboratories, based on cooperation agreements concluded with the company.
Quality parameter of environmental factors were obtained by specific measurements made at the boundaries of premises (imissions), the incineration plants (emissions), observations drills inside the farm and on the lands where organic fertilizer is applied, at rainwaters and emptied wastewaters.
Air imissions generated by the farm have been monitored annually, during the warm seasons, the parameters analyzed being ammonia and hydrogen sulfide.
Air emissions from farm incinerators have been monitored annually, the parameters analyzed being carbon monoxide, particulate and volatile organic compounds (VOC).
Impact of operations on shallow groundwater quality was done annually, by sampling water from wells existing in the farm and on the fertilized lands.
Rainwater quality evacuated from the location platform was done quarterly, without identifying the breaches of the parameters analyzed according to NTPA 001/2005.
Quality of emptied wastewater was periodically monitored, the value of analyzed parameters falling within the limits provided by GD 352/2005 – NTPA 002.
Evidence of waste generated from the production process is maintained continuously, and the organization has a constant concern to reduce waste production and increase their recycling rates. Recovery and disposal of waste was done and continues to be undertaken only with licensed operators and in accordance with the law ensuring traceability.
The organization has reported regularly to Timiş Environmental Protection Agency the monitoring results, along with the requested reports according to regulatory acts under which the work point operates.
During the period audited, there were no exceedances of the limit set by the integrated environmental permit and the water management permit for the monitored environmental factors, nor incidents with environmental impact.