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Sustainable Future 2018 e-brochure launches with a commitment to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday September 26, 2018

We have launched our Sustainable Future 2018 e-brochure, a 56-page document that brings together all the work the business undertakes for a more sustainable future in the catering and hospitality industry. Forming a key part of our communication strategy, the Sustainable Future e-brochure celebrates success-to-date and shares our new business environmental targets in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In 2018, the Sustainable Future programme was underpinned by a long-term objective to deliver SDG targets, which provide a clear and measurable path for continual environmental improvement up to and beyond 2020. The business is building a strategy to deliver targets on SDG goals: good health and wellbeing (3), responsible consumption and procurement (12), climate action (13), life below water (14) and life on land (15).

Joanna Gilroy, Head of Sustainability, Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division comments: “In 2018, we adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as our roadmap for action. The SDGs underpin our Sustainable Future programme, which has helped raise the profile of Sustainability in our business. We know that Sustainability is not a nice-to-have, but rather a fundamental part of our core strategy, that protects and creates opportunity from the three things no business can survive without: a healthy environment, healthy people and healthy progress.”

Presented in three sections: people, customers and suppliers, the Sustainable Future e-brochure is introduced by Lord Deben, Former Secretary of State for the Environment, Chairman of the Climate Change Committee and Chairman of the sustainability consultancy Sancroft International, who comments: “As the industry leader, Bunzl Catering Supplies has taken the necessary proactive stance both to affect real change to our environment and to show customers and consumers that business can and will do better.”

Working together with our people, customers and suppliers, we are an active supporter of positive change in the catering and hospitality industry. In October 2017, we collaborated with 13 other fully funding signatories from across the supply chain for disposable paper cups, to sign an agreement with the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) to increase PE lined paper cup recycling. As result of this agreement, the UK now has 12 national waste providers offering a paper cup collection service.

We have also worked closely with our customers to understand their plastic packaging footprint and to take beneficial action to reduce its environmental impact. The business has been instrumental in helping customers achieve this by recommending alternative materials types and consolidating ranges to either fully recyclable or compostable materials. For our national customers, the business held its first Sustainable Future Customer Forum, a collaborative platform that helps customers better understand current industry debate on sustainability and provides an open forum for discussion.

In his summary, Matt Johnson, Managing Director, Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, comments: “In 2018, we’ve taken the significant step to adopt United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, so between now and 2020, we’ll be addressing the goals where we can have maximum impact.”

“It’s our ongoing objective to drive industry-leading dialogue and to articulate a fact-based response to all questions on sustainability. In March 2018, we issued our first product factsheet, which provided advice to customers looking to switch from plastic to paper straws. It was so widely appreciated, that we have since published factsheets for cups, sandwich packaging and cutlery. As we look ahead to 2019, we will continue to work in partnership with our people, our customers and our suppliers, to help make hospitality happen for a more sustainable future.”

To view the Sustainable Future 2018 e-brochure online please click here.