THE SHORTLIST for the prestigious Footprint Awards has been announced, revealing the foodservice and hospitality sector’s leading sustainable companies.
The annual awards scheme this year celebrates its fifth anniversary, and remains the only initiative to honour the sustainable achievements of companies across the entire food supply chain.
Organised by sustainability champion Footprint, and judged by senior industry peers, the Footprint Awards have become synonymous with best practice and dedication to sustainability. Now in its second half decade, the Awards have seen yet another record number of entries evidencing the increased importance placed on sustainability within the corporate policy mix.
There are 13 awards in total, 11 open to nominations, and two – the Community Vote and Special Achievement Award, which are in the hands of the public and a special team of Footprint judges.
The shortlists for the award categories open to nominations are:
Sustainable Use of Natural Resources Award (sponsored by Zip Heaters)
Smith Anderson Group
Innovations in Packaging Award (sponsored by innocent drinks)
Delta Print & Packaging
Waste Management & Reduction Award (sponsored by Spirit Pub Company)
Ampersand Catering and Wakehurst Place
Unilever Food Solutions
Environmentally Friendly Logistics Award (sponsored by Nestle Professional)
Kuehne + Nagel
Sustainable Sourcing Award (sponsored by Red Tractor)
Prêt A Manger
University of Brighton
Sustainable Supplier Award
University of Manchester
Energy Efficiency Award (sponsored by Johnson’s Stalbridge)
ABP Ellesmere Development
Spirit Pub Company in assoc with Inenco and Total
University of Reading
Sustainable Catering Equipment Manufacturer Award (sponsored by Sodexo UK & Ireland)
Stakeholder Engagement Award (sponsored by Green10)
Sodexo UK & Ireland
Spirit Pub Company
Social Impact and Diversity Award (sponsored by Kuehne+Nagel)
Compass Group UK & Ireland
Enterprise Inns Plc
Tate & Lyle Sugars
Sustainability in Education (sponsored by TUCO)
Harper Adams University
University of Exeter
University of Leeds
University of Reading
Nominees for the Special Achievement Award, sponsored by Essential Cuisine, have also been announced:
Allegra McEvedy, a patron of Fairtrade Foundation, for services to the sustainable and ethical supply chain
Baroness Scott of Needham Market, House of Lords, for driving governmental action on food waste
Dr Richard Swannell, WRAP, for ongoing engagement with industry in the fight against waste
Mary McGrath, FoodCycle, for efforts in pioneering the charitable redistribution of surplus food
Nominees for the Community Vote, sponsored by Reynolds, will be announced in May.
Nick Fenwicke-Clennell, Footprint CEO commented: “This is a very special year for us as we celebrate our fifth anniversary. What we are most proud of is the support we have received through the increased number of entries from an expanding number of business within the food sector.
“This shortlist, and the increasing level of engagement we are seeing, is testament to the fact that sustainability is no longer a buzzword but a critical issue very much embedded in business plans and acknowledged as an area that can really add value to operations. That does not mean, however, that the challenges are overcome. The goalposts continue to move and there is certainly no room for complacency for those organisations who want to continue to make their mark in this area.”
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at East Wintergarden in London, on 4th June 2015. For tickets CLICK HERE
VIEW last years Footprint Awards Dinner.