News, February 2017
Sustainable Catering Standard – Pilot Update
It’s been a busy month for our Sustainable Catering Standard pilots, who are all working hard to achieve their awards. Two of the pilots have successfully completed their assessment tools and site verifications and the remaining 3 aren’t far behind.
Amy Johnston, Assistant Environmental Officer at Freemans Hospital in Newcastle, had this glowing feedback for the process:
Overall the standard has helped us focus our energies on ways to improve the sustainability of our catering department over the next year. Without it, getting training for the staff would have been more difficult and we now have a communications plan to engage our customers even more.Amy Johnston
At the Soil Association and Carbon Trust we are also busy planning a special launch event to take place at the end of the pilot to celebrate our Sustainability Pioneers and launch the scheme to the wider world.
The Sustainable Catering Standard pilot is set to run until April 2017 and there is still time to get involved. We are currently looking for workplace, café/restaurant and visitor attraction caterers to take part. Get in contact to become a sustainability pioneer and be the first in your sector to achieve the award.
What are the benefits of the standard?
- Be one of the pioneers of the catering world to work with two of the sustainability industry’s biggest authorities.
- Tell your clients and customers your sustainability practices have been audited by an expert third party, and you have been awarded for their quality and effectiveness.
- Use the Sustainable Catering Standard logo for your comms and website.
- Receive bespoke marketing support to help you position your award as the symbol of trust procurers are looking for.
- Achieve the Sustainable Catering Standard award as well as a Catering Mark, and demonstrate a market-leading commitment to all-round sustainability.
- Demonstrate you meet the energy water and waste requirements of the Defra Plan for Public Procurement and its Balanced Scorecard. Achieve a “good” or “excellent” score against the scorecard for these criteria.
For further details about the scheme and how to apply, please contact our Sustainable Catering Standard Development Manager, Hannah Braye at firstname.lastname@example.org
WRAP have launched a new campaign for the catering and hospitality industry - ‘Your business is food, don’t throw it away’ is a brand new programme to help food businesses to save money and boost profits by throwing away less food. It aims to support food businesses with simple steps and handy resources to reduce the amount of food thrown away and educate staff and customers. Resources can be downloaded for free here.