Footprint announces the judging panel for the inaugural Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards which is open for entries only until April 8th. Although well known throughout the industry, short biographies of the judges can be found on the Awards site.
- Michael Alexander, Global Head of Water, Environment & Agriculture Sustainability, Diageo
- Rozanne Davis, Head of Sustainability, Innocent Drinks
- Simon Galkoff, Group Procurement Director, Casual Dining Group
- Julian Hunt, Vice President of Public Affairs, Communication & Sustainability, Coca-Cola European Partners
- William Kendall, Environmentalist & Entrepreneur
- Kate Nicholls, CEO, UKHospitality
- David Phillips, Managing Director, Matthew Clark
- Tim Warrillow, Co-Founder & CEO Fever-Tree Drinks
The Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards is the barometer for progress in sustainability and responsible business practice for the drinks industry.
The Shortlist will be announced in June and the inaugural Awards Dinner will be held September 11th 2019 at the Royal Institute of British Architects.
About the Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards
The soft drinks industry has been in the public spotlight of late with its impacts highlighted in both the sugar and plastic debates. The alcoholic drinks sector has, to date, remained under the sustainability radar, but this is about to change.
Few industries rely on raw materials, water, energy and packaging as much as those involved in the production of alcohol and soft drinks. Carbon outputs through manufacturing processes and distribution, not to mention the waste implications, are evidence of a global industry with a huge collective responsibility that is arguably more beholden to climate and environmental conditions than many others. Add to that the social sustainability agenda; the impact the drinks industry has on its constituents’ health, with the effects of excess alcohol and sugar consumption taking increasing chunks out of the NHS budget, along with other social aspects such as the living wage, gender, diversity and worker welfare.
Meanwhile, the consumer is increasingly well informed and, to the influential millennials particularly, business reputations can rise and fall over an approach to sustainable practice. What even five years ago was considered as foresighted innovation is today regarded as the bare minimum and it is no surprise that it is the most successful businesses that have embraced the concept, changed behaviour, and are now leading the way towards a more sustainable and responsible industry.
The Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards will provides a platform, representing the annual celebration of the work that organisations in the drinks industry and its supply chains are doing to in some way redress the balance for the benefit of themselves, their consumers and the industry at large. It is a celebration of initiative and innovation, of commercial imagination and endeavour, that recognises those organisations leading the way.
These awards are open to drinks businesses of all sizes operating in the hospitality and out of home arena: brand, manufacturer, supply chain, distributor or operator.
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