Monday July 6, 2020
Leading distributor of food packaging and hygiene supplies to the catering and hospitality sector, Bunzl Catering Supplies, has joined industry giants Aramark, BaxterStorey, Coca-Cola European Partners, Compass, Greene King, InterContinental Hotels Group, ISS, Sodexo and TGI Friday to unite with Footprint to form the Responsible Business Recovery Forum (RBRF). RBRF will promote peer to peer learning and industry collaboration as operators and supply chains grapple with a very different, post-Covid, marketplace.
The Covid-19 crisis has been a responsible business issue by definition. The way in which businesses have responded will provide a baseline against which all future claims of corporate responsibility will be judged. The catastrophic impact of the pandemic on the corporate landscape has left business leaders facing some stark choices.
Five, ten, or even twenty years from now, actions taken in 2020 and indeed long beyond will be closely analysed by investors, clients, consumers and stakeholders alike. Brands and their perceived values will be in the headlines and reputations will rise or fall irrevocably. Indeed, executives can be certain that all their recent and future claims will be subject to scrutiny.
Covid-19 is providing a litmus test for responsible, sustainable, ethically-minded businesses. True to its mantra – Sustainable Responsible Business – Footprint has been at the forefront of the crisis with its news, analysis, and insights.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Bunzl Catering Supplies, with its unique position in the supply chain, has offered its customers in the catering and hospitality industry continued expertise and the best opportunity to find the products they require to sustain their businesses responsibly and navigate their way through this extraordinarily challenging time.
Justin Turquet, Head of Sustainability, Bunzl Catering and Hospitality Division, comments: “As headline sponsors of the Footprint waste2zero awards for three consecutive years Bunzl Catering Supplies has demonstrated its continuing support for Footprint’s ‘Sustainable Responsible Business’ approach. In the wake of the Covid-19 crisis we are delighted to be uniting with Footprint and key operators in the catering and hospitality sector to join the Responsible Business Recovery Forum. I’m sure that it will be a highly successful collaborative platform for progress and evolution for the whole supply chain.”
Businesses will need to plan for future scenarios and as we emerge from the crisis, the focus will once again be on sustainability. There will be pressure from government, investors, NGO’s and media to address environmental issues such as single use plastics, food waste, supply chains and sustainable diets. Not to mention issues such as employment, Brexit impact and financial constraints in the face of a changing political and international landscape. Being on the front foot will be vital.
Unprecedented times call for unprecedented actions. The Responsible Business Recovery Forum is a membership body of Out of Home food and drink operators and suppliers. The group’s objective is to collaborate to aid an efficient, industry-wide recovery, whilst anticipating future trends. A community of progressive businesses learning and sharing for past, present and the future.
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