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Bunzl Catering Supplies headline sponsor 2018 waste2zero awards

Monday July 23, 2018

Bunzl Catering Supplies is excited to once again be the Headline Sponsor for Footprint News’ pioneering waste2zero Awards, to be held on 4 October at the In & Out Club in London. The awards will showcase the excellent work achieved by the foodservice packaging industry to reduce waste, promote recycling and encourage environmentally responsible end-of-life solutions for disposable packaging products.

The awards were created by Footprint News, one of the first online publications to focus solely on the green agenda and are the first of their kind, with representatives of the whole supply chain and major retailers due to attend.

Consequently, waste2zero presents a significant opportunity to share best practice, and recognise environmentally-positive achievements. At the same time, the awards will encourage organisations that are uninformed or indifferent about waste to take the issue more seriously, and discover the business benefits of waste management and prevention.

Sustainability leadership

Bunzl Catering Supplies is honoured to be Headline Sponsor for the waste2zero Awards for the second time, having developed a strategic leadership position in the marketplace on issues of sustainability over recent years.

Matt Johnson, MD Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, comments, “In 2018, we’ve adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals in the areas of: Good Health and Wellbeing, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life Below Water and Life on Land. As part of our Sustainable Future programme, working with our people, our customers and our suppliers, it’s our ongoing objective to encourage and be part of industry-leading dialogue around waste, and to share what we’ve learnt along the way. Following the success of the inaugural waste2zero Awards in 2017, Bunzl Catering Supplies is proud to once again support a platform that enables organisations to highlight their sustainability initiatives for a reduced environmental impact in the foodservice industry.”

Working together for a sustainable future

Sustainable Development Goals have been developed by the United Nations and their business partners to identify, and start to address, the world’s leading sustainability challenges and to establish a global common language for sustainability.

Focusing on the goals: good health and wellbeing (3), responsible consumption and procurement (12), climate action (13), life below water (14) and life on land (15) –  Bunzl Catering Supplies is building a strategy to achieve specific targets by 2020.

Spearheading a number of industry-leading initiatives this year, including the publication of factsheets that match product options to customer waste streams, and a series of Sustainable Future Customer Forums that provide thought-leadership on the sustainability trends impacting our industry, Bunzl Catering Supplies has published its Sustainable Future 2018 e-brochure.

Joanna Gilroy, Head of Sustainability, Bunzl Catering Supplies, says “Our second Sustainable Future e-brochure includes measurable targets against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, reflecting the high level of sustainable action within our business. It will celebrate some of our fantastic achievements in 2018, including our support of the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK), to increase PE lined paper cup recycling.”

Between now and 2020, we intend to concentrate our efforts on addressing the Goals where we can have maximum impact, particularly in the areas of Good Health and Wellbeing; Responsible Consumption and Production; Climate Action; Life Below Water; and Life on Land.

As we have demonstrated, Bunzl Catering Supplies is firmly committed to protecting the Earth’s resources through our sustainability work, which we intend to continue to pioneer through 2018.

Joanna Gilroy, Head of Sustainability, summarises, “Our achievements have been truly remarkable – but there’s still much work that can be done. We are committed to building upon our 2017 Sustainable Future framework with a long-term strategy that protects the well-being of our people and the environment for years to come.”

The 2018 waste2zero Awards programme opened for entries on 11 June 2018 with the deadline for entries to be received on 17 August 2018. More information is available at

Click here to view the Bunzl Catering Supplies’ Sustainable Future 2017 e-brochure.