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Another wonderful example of how long term money saving and sustainability go hand in hand!

Posted in Comment,Credit Crunch,Economics,Foodservice Footprint news,Government,News,Sustainability by foodservicefootprint on December 15, 2009

According to Defra’s ‘Saving money – it’s your business’ campaign businesses are wasting £6.4Bn a year by missing simple money-saving opportunities.

Defra is highlighting the need for the catering and hospitality industry to cut down on waste, energy and water use to realise the financial benefits.

The campaign shows how simple environmental actions translate into money savings and is supplemented with practical advice on how to integrate resource efficient practices into daily operations.

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Gosh, with such well thought out and helpful campaigns, how could Foodservice Footprint possibly argue that the Labour government isn’t doing enough for the catering and hospitality industry.


Envirowise Business Thrift Shift report gives insight

Almost three-quarters (73%) of businesses surveyed have developed a more detailed knowledge of their spending and resource use as a result of the recession, according to The Envirowise Business Thrift Shift Report.

This includes everything from investment in raw materials, transport and energy, to staffing, equipment and professional services.

For the hotel and catering industry, reduction of water and energy use was the biggest area of cut back (75%), with a large number also minimising spend on raw materials and consumables. And this ‘thrift shift’ is set to continue when the recovery comes, with 79% of respondents citing a greater emphasis on energy efficiency in particular as a possible legacy of the recession.

McCormick UK wins ‘Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year’ award

Posted in Foodservice Footprint news,News by foodservicefootprint on December 14, 2009

“The Manufacturer of the Year” Awards are designed specifically to recognise the achievement of world class excellence and best practice throughout the UK manufacturing industry.

The awards ceremony took place last month at the Tower Hill Hotel, London, and was attended by members of McCormick’s Haddenham Sustainability Team, led by Mark Whalley, Plant Manager.

McCormick’s Haddenham site was nominated in the category of ‘Sustainable Manufacturer’ together with other leading UK manufacturers; Avon Metals, Boss Design, Kerrygold Foods, Lush Manufacturing, Paul Fabrications and Pentagon Chemicals, and won the Award for ‘demonstrating an improvement in environmental performance and reduction in carbon footprint’.

Factors contributing to their success included; the achievement in 2008, of ISO 14001, a series of international standards on environmental management that defines practices to minimise a company’s environmental impact, green design with the Optix Project which removed 320,000 25kg bags from landfill whilst improving working conditions, energy management and performance as significant gas and electricity reductions have been achieved on the site, and employee engagement as the sustainability effort covers both the plant and the offices.

Mark Whalley commented during the Awards ceremony, “We are really proud of this Award that proves once again that we see sustainability as an integral part of our business, and essential to our long term success. I would like to dedicate this Award to all Haddenham employees who made day-to-day efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. Without them, we would never have been recognised as the Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year. Thanks for all your hard work.”

Sodexo launches Better Tomorrow Plan!

Sodexo announces the launch of its ‘Better Tomorrow Plan’, which aims to consolidate Sodexo’s sustainability performance and provide a framework to measure the impact of the company’s actions worldwide.

Sodexo’s strategy is built around three pillars:

  • ‘We are’ – which embraces values and ethics
  • ‘We do’ – which sets out 14 commitments to action on sustainability challenges
  • ‘We engage’ – which recognises the dialogue required to translate commitments into action

The 14 key commitments are spread across health, nutrition and wellness, local communities and the environment. Progress will be monitored with milestone assessments currently anticipated in 2012, 2015 and 2020.

For each of its commitments, Sodexo is developing phased plans and indicators to measure the degree of implementation and impact across the business.

Apart from announcements on Nutrition, Health, Wellness as well as Local Communities, Environment is key in this announcement.

With 33,900 sites in 80 countries, Sodexo is committed to implementing practices and policies that minimise its environmental impacts. Commitments in this area include:

  • ensuring compliance with a Global Sustainable Supply Chain Code of Conduct in all the countries where it operates by 2015.
  • sourcing local, seasonal or sustainably grown products in all the countries where it operates by 2015.
  • sourcing sustainable fish and seafood in all the countries where it operates by 2015.
  • sourcing and promoting sustainable equipment and supplies in all the countries where it operates by 2020.
  • reducing the company’s carbon footprint in all the countries where it operates and at client sites by 2020.
  • reducing its water footprint in all the countries where it operates and at client sites by 2020.
  • reducing organic waste in all the countries where it operates and at client sites by 2015 and supporting initiatives to recover organic waste.
  • reducing non-organic waste in all the countries where it operates and at client sites by 2015 and supporting initiatives to recover non-organic waste.

Thomas Jelley, corporate citizenship manager for Sodexo UK and Ireland, said: “Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the people we serve and contribute to the economic, social and environmental development of the areas where we operate. Through this ten-year sustainable development strategy, we are committing to continuous improvement through a challenging but robust and structured approach.”