ANNE PIERCE, the CEO of The Springboard Charity, was last night [23rd May] revealed as the winner of the Footprint ‘Special Achievement’ award 2013, for her contribution to the social sustainability of the industry, at a ceremony held at RIBA, London.
Other winners of the night included some of the biggest names in the foodservice and hospitality industries such as 3663, Compass Group and Pret, while smaller companies showed they could hold their own with independent eco-packaging manufacturer Vegware scooping both the ‘Sustainable Supplier’ and ‘Innovations in Packaging’ awards.
Recognising sustainability throughout the entire foodservice supply chain, Footprint Awards is the leading indicator of responsible business best practice within the industry.
Winners of the Community Vote awards were picked by means of peer-voting, while the other 12 categories were chosen by a panel of expert judges, using strict criteria to measure the sustainable impact of the product or service.
Speaking at the event Nick Fenwicke-Clennell, CEO of Footprint Media Group said: “This year’s award winners demonstrate just how far the agenda has moved on since the inaugural Footprint Awards in 2011. Whether it’s in the area of natural resource, energy or waste, the campaigns and initiatives being pioneered by companies large and small are on the one hand increasingly sophisticated while on the other hand, seemingly becoming ‘second nature’ for companies. It will be interesting to see just how far we have moved on when it comes to judging next year’s awards.”
Speaking after the ceremony, Charles Miers, Managing Director Footprint Media Group commented: “This year’s list of winners is roll-call of some of the biggest but also some of the most entrepreneurial names in foodservice and hospitality. It’s critical to stress that sustainability isn’t just the domain of the large corporates. We know from everyone who entered this year’s awards that organisations large and small from across all aspects of the food chain are making great strides in reducing the impact of their processes or services on the environment and on society, acting as flag bearers promoting sustainability within the industry. You don’t have to be big to be making a big impact and relaising the benefits in this area.”
The full list of winners is:
Environmentally Friendly Logistics Award
Winner: Compass Group UK & Ireland ‘Green and Simple’
Compass implemented the Green and Simple strategy after reviewing some of its key supply routes in order to improve efficiency. By identifying and consolidating some of its core suppliers and allocating a single distribution path Compass was able to enhance the efficiency of its supply routes, and reduced its carbon emissions across Ireland by 1,700 tonnes.
Runner-up: Creed Foodservice
Sustainable Sourcing Award
Winner: Nestlé Professional UK&I ‘Enabling coffee farmers’
The NESCAFE Plan is global and wide ranging including the provision of 220 million disease resistant plantlets to farmers across the globe between 2010 and 2020. A key element to the plan is to provide training to farmers, in partnership with the Rainforest Alliance, to help increase productivity and quality. By sharing this knowledge the farmers are able to continuously produce exceptional beans that they are paid a fair price for, while providing Nestlé with a long term source of quality coffee.
Runner-up: ISS Education
Sustainable Use of Natural Resources Award
Winner: Brakes ‘Delivering a sustainable future for foodservice’
Following a review of the supply chain, Brakes decided to build a low environmental impact depot to improve customer service and support the future growth of the company. The £13 million state-of-the-art 200,000 sq. ft. Reading depot has helped to contribute to Brakes’ commitment to reducing CO2 emissions by 25% by the end of the year, and has had a significant impact on the local economy via the creation of 376 new jobs.
Runner-up: London Linen Group
Innovations in Packaging Award
Winner: Vegware ‘The Gourmet Hot Box’
Vegware’s commitment to creating cradle-to-grave eco-packaging solutions for the foodservice sector was extended earlier in the year with the launch of the Gourmet Hot Box; an entirely re-usable, recyclable, plastic-free sealable container suitable for use in the freezer and microwave. It is made from entirely compostable, natural materials and is the first of its kind on the market.
Runner-up: Delphis Eco
Waste Management and Reduction Award
Winner: Sodexo UK & Ireland ‘Sodexo at Central Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust’
Sodexo provides its client with a full facilities management service and, alongside the client, worked to identify a ‘waste hierarchy’ which formed the basis of a food waste segregation strategy, ultimately leading to a reduction in food waste by 65.5%.
Sustainable Supplier Award
Vegware is the UK leader in sustainable foodservice packaging. It creates, manufactures and distributes a full range of completely compostable catering disposables, all of which are suitable for food waste recycling after use. Vegware packaging is plastic-free, low-carbon, made from recycled or annually-renewable plant materials, and is entirely re-usable and recyclable.
Runner-up: DB Foods with Brookfield Farm
Energy Efficiency Award
Winner: Johnson’s Stalbridge Linen Services ‘Energy Efficiency Investment’
Following a review of its factories, Johnson’s Stalbridge implemented a capital investment programme, aimed at reducing water and energy consumption. £1.3million was spent at its factory laundry in Sturminster Newton, including a new, more efficient boiler to provide steam for pressing; a heat exchanger which utilises the heat from waste water to heat incoming water; and a new 75kg continuous batch washer which uses 50 percent less water than its predecessor. In addition, a state of the art, high powered hydraulic press now squeezes out more water than ever before out of the towels and so saves on energy for drying – currently to be estimated at 10 per cent. A new continuous batch washer has recently been installed at our factory location in Milborne Port, which will reduce our water consumption further by 12.5%.
Runner-up: Dawn Meats
Sustainable Catering Equipment Manufacturer Award
Winner: Foster Refrigeration ‘EcoPro G2’
Foster launched the EcoPro G2 range of refrigerators, a revolutionary new approach to commercial refrigeration that combines the best possible quality, the best possible performance with the minimal impact upon the environment. The EcoPro G2’s “circular II” ducting system has been developed to carefully shape and distribute the air throughout the cabinet interior to ensure the cold air gets to where it is needed, meaning that food stays fresher for longer, preserving quality and minimising waste. Client bills are reduced thanks to the new, highly-efficient, maintenance-free Mullion heater that makes use of effectively waste heat that would otherwise be rejected into the atmosphere. Not only reducing the energy consumption but also reducing the heat rejection on the refrigeration system.
Runner-up: Victor Manufacturing Ltd
Economic Sustainability Award
Winner: 3663 ‘Integrating sustainability for economic gain’
3663 has heavily invested its sustainability resources in monitoring, measuring and reducing carbon emissions. Through a programme of sustained innovation and investment in technology to improve the environmental performance of the business, 3663 has achieved total cost savings of almost £20m and a reduction of over 58,500 tonnes in CO2 emissions.
Runner-up: ISS Facilities Services
Stakeholder Engagement Award
Winner: 3663 ‘Sustainability Exec: a vehicle for stakeholder engagement’
The Sustainability Exec comprises representatives from across the business to act as a voice for employees in each area of the company and set business sustainability objectives that reflect the interests of all stakeholders, and keeps a two-way stream of communication permanently open between those stakeholders and company management.
Runner-up: Café Spice Namaste
Social Impact and Diversity Award
Winner: Pret A Manger (Europe) Ltd ‘The Pret Foundation Trust’
At the end of their first day’s trading in 1986 they donated their leftover food to people sleeping rough nearby. This was the start of an enduring commitment to homeless people, with the Pret Foundation Trust donating around £800,000 annually for homelessness projects.
2013 Community Vote
Winner: Linklaters, City of London
The Bay Fish & Chips
The Spirit Pub Company
The Thatchers Arms
Ode True Food
2013 Special Achievement Award
Winner: Anne Pierce, Chief Executive Officer, The Springboard Charity