Sustainability in the City: New platform launched to drive the agenda in the financial sector

Sustainability in the City: New platform launched to drive the agenda in the financial sector

CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY champion Footprint has expanded its reach to the City, with the launch of Finance Footprint.

In response to calls from the financial services for support in driving sustainability, Finance Footprint is a brand new platform for senior professionals seeking news, analysis, thought-leadership and debate on the issues.

Those seeking solutions to the challenges can become further involved by joining Finance Footprint, and help shape the agenda and lead the conversation ...

EAC calls for commitment to sustainable targets

EAC calls for commitment to sustainable targets

PARLIAMENT’S GREEN watchdog warns Government not to reduce number of Sustainable Development Goals to be agreed at UN talks in 2015.

Following a report that David Cameron wants to reduce the number of these Goals from 17 to 10, The Environmental Audit Committee suggested that undermining sustainable development goals could risk current focus on sustainability, as well as poverty reduction and economic and social development.

Chair of the Committee Joan Walley, MP said: “The ...

GRI takes action on the lack of transparency in sustainability reports

GRI takes action on the lack of transparency in sustainability reports

THE GLOBAL Reporting Initiative (GRI) has launch a new tool to encourage businesses to be more transparent when it comes to reporting about sustainability.

The ‘GRI Sustainability Reporting Process’, has been launch as a ‘how-to’ handbook for companies committed to meeting the G4 reporting guidelines. It provides a step-by-step approach to the five-phase sustainability reporting process and includes activity checklists and case studies on each phase.

The objective is to raise awareness ...

Health & Vitality Honours Roll of Honour announced:  Celebrating the unsung heroes of the food industry

Health & Vitality Honours Roll of Honour announced: Celebrating the unsung heroes of the food industry

THE ROLL of Honour for the annual Health & Vitality Honours – the UK’s ONLY awards scheme that celebrates the contribution made by the UK’s Hospitality sector to the nutritional wellbeing of the nation – have been announced amidst much anticipation.

Often the unsung heroes of the food industry, which is dominated by consumer awards and profile, dozens of senior Hospitality’ professionals will gather to participate in this showcase of best ...

Restaurants to display allergen warnings

Restaurants to display allergen warnings

THE LONG-AWAITED food allergen legislation comes into force from Saturday 13 December.

All restaurants and food businesses will be responsible for identifying, recording and clearly communicating when any of 14 allergens are used in a dish or drink. It means that everyone from food suppliers to chefs; waiting staff to bartender will need to understand what food ingredients could cause allergies and how to inform their customers about them.

These new regulations ...

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Sustainable leap

Sustainable leap

AS MORE and more of the world’s seafood is certified sustainable, a new scheme for UK food companies promises to offer consistent labelling.

It was back in 2011 that ClientEarth found out that something fishy was going on with seafood labels. the environmental law firm had tested 100 different products across nine supermarkets and found that 32 of them had misleading or unverified claims on the packaging. “Sustainably sourced” and “Responsibly farmed” ...

Waste watch: Salad dodgers

Waste watch: Salad dodgers

86% OF takeaway salads chucked in the bin; a revolution in use-by dates and another in booking services that could both dramatically cut waste.

Almost every bagged salad offered by takeaway outlets is thrown straight in the bin. According to the waste management company BusinessWaste. co.uk, 99% of the limp lettuce leaves given to customers as they collect curries, kebabs and a variety of other street food are never eaten. “We ...

Green shoots in the tech sector

Green shoots in the tech sector

SALES OF catering equipment increased again in 2013 and a new focus on energy efficiency and waste is a major reason why, says Andrew Capstick.

The demand for equipment across the hospitality and foodservice sectors has been much improved recently, with total manufacturers’ sales rising every year from 2010. Last year sales were up 2.1% to £683m, following a 1.5% rise in 2012.

Some of this is down to a recovery from ...

Ahead of the field

Ahead of the field

UK FOOD retail is arguably one of the toughest markets to enter in the world. But shopping habits are changing and new models are bypassing the big supermarkets to bring farmers and consumers much closer together.

Farmdrop works like a “click-to-harvest” farmers’ market. The website allows buyers and sellers of local food to find each other and trade directly via local hubs (or “FarmDrops”) that are run by community members called ...

More MSC fish

More MSC fish

THE MARINE Conservation Society (MCS) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC – not to be confused – have both published updates recently offering good news and bad.

More certified fish. The MSC says it now certifies fisheries accounting for 10% of all wild-caught seafood.

Although 29% of the world’s oceans are overfished, 10% of all wild-caught seafood now comes from fisheries certified by the MSC. The number of MSC-labelled products has doubled ...

Take action or face legislation

PROFESSOR SUSAN JEBB, chair of the Responsibility Deal’s Food Network, prefers voluntary action but hasn’t  ruled out legislation

 

The Responsibility Deal annual updates were published end of last month. Are we making progress?

 

Yes, without doubt. This year’s annual returns include actions and commitments that I do ...

Social sustainability

“Effective staff recruitment, retention, management and development can work wonders for the sustainability of any business and the contract catering industry is far beyond exception. To steady a ship, you need a familiar crew. People you know you can count on. I am confident that Dine Contract Catering’s recent achievements have emerged from how we hire our team members, maintain ...