Many people depend on us: employees and their families, customers, suppliers and our communities. We value their trust and work hard to foster a culture of responsibility and ethics to maintain that trust.
Our employees are introduced to this through our Code of Conduct training at induction. We also set expectations internally through business conduct standards that keep our relationships with our customers and suppliers transparent.
JFC is committed to ensuring environmental sustainability and focused towards making further advances in this area.
At JFC, we recognise that as an employer, we have a responsibility to the community that supports us. We strive to initiate, nurture and support projects, which are beneficial to the local area and reflective of our area of business.
We actively partner with our local schools, colleges and technical institutions in supporting work and college placements to grow, mentor and develop future talent within the communities we operate in.
The JFC Innovation awards for Rural Business started in 2006 to highlight innovation and to give inspiration to others to turn their ideas into reality. JFC was the commercial sponsor of the competition which was run in conjunction with Teagasc, Dard NI, and the Irish Farmers Journal.
The awards have given hundreds of business a chance to win prizes but more importantly an opportunity to improve their business. The competition categories included: Energy / Manufacturing, Value Added / Speciality Food, Services / Rural Tourism and Start-Up.
Everyone who entered the competition with innovative idea must be complimented. “They are the lifeblood of this economy and are shining lights of the future business in Agriculture” comment John Concannon.
JFC Manufacturing are the proud sponsors of some local sports team, such as the Kilconly GAA football club. JFC also sponsor Quinton FC Soccer team who are playing in Division 1 of the Stratford Alliance and Division 2 in the Evesham & District Sunday League. JFC are the previous sponsors of the Galway Ladies Senior football team.
At JFC, we recognise that as an employer, we have a responsibility to the community that supports us. We strive to initiate, nurture and support projects, which are beneficial to the local area and reflective of our area of business. We endeavor to support various charities and fundraising initiatives across our business divisions.
Pieta House West, was a campaign spearheaded by John Concannon to establish a service in the West of Ireland to help people with suicidal thoughts and those who self-harm. The first seedling of Johns notion were scattered when he featured on RTE’s “Secret Millionaire” series. For the programme, John was given a new identity and posed as a community worker and handyman in some instances. Fate lent a helping hand too. John travelled by train to Dublin. Had he sat into any other taxi in the rank outside Heuston Station, Pieta House West might never have come into being. Luckily John Quinn was the man at the top of the queue.
When John opened the door of Quinn’s cab, unbeknownst to him he was also turning the doorknob of Pieta House West. Both men got talking on the fare, where it came to light that John Quinn had become involved with Pieta House Lucan facility after the loss of his own son in 2005. He was in no doubt that his son would still be alive if Pieta existed then. From there he introduced John Concannon to the Pieta House facility based in Lucan and its founder Joan Freeman. All the time John Concannon being undercover as part of the programme…
Following the Secret Millionaire series and realising the great need for such a service for the west of Ireland John set about making it a reality. He was the driving force behind a 18 month fundraising campaign needed to establish the facility to serve the people of Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.
On Wednesday 9th April 2014 the doors opened of Pieta House West in Johns hometown of Tuam Co Galway. Its services will stretch to umbrella counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. “It was the people in these counties who made it possible through countless fundraising events and activities” commented John.
John Concannon Managing Director of JFC Manufacturing is given a new identity in the 2011 programme series and spends a number of days and nights in different areas of Dublin, sometimes posing as a community worker and in other instances as a handyman, on the look-out for people and charities to help.
In the programme we see the cameras following John around his plastics manufacturing business in Tuam, and then onto Dublin where most of the show is set with audiences seeing him working undercover.
In an emotional ending to the programme, John hands over three cheques to causes close to his heart in west Dublin; Joan Freeman of Pieta House in Lucan, Cathy White of the Carers Association in Clondalkin and Rachel Doyle and Michelle Reynolds of St Mark’s Rangers Football Club.
Over the last decade JFC have organised an annual charity golf event for a number of worthy charities which has taken place at a local golf club. The event has proved to be a huge success in every way especially for the nominated charities who have benefited in a very significant way. The designated charity is rotated each year so that we support an international aid charity one year, followed by a local charity the next.
JFC have run the golf charity event for a wide variety of charities including the Nepalese Children’s Foundation, international aid charity GOAL, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, Western Alzheimer’s Association and Pieta House West to name a few.
John Concannon was awarded Philanthropist of the year in 2012 following his tireless work to open a Pieta House West facility for the west of Ireland. The Community Foundation for Ireland awarded Mr Concannon for finding a premises in his hometown of Tuam, Co Galway, and raising the €250,000 needed to run it for a full year.
“If it helps to save one person then its a job well done. That’s all we are trying to do” commented John on receiving the award. John paid tribute to fundraisers across all the counties for supporting the new service and television bosses for putting Pieta House in the spotlight.