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Bunzl Catering Supplies launches Sustainable Future interim report

Thursday September 29, 2022

Bunzl Catering Supplies Q3 Sustainable Future report champions continuous environmental improvement in the hospitality industry.

This week, Bunzl Catering Supplies launches its quarter three Sustainable Future report (July-September), a key part of its market-leading communication strategy on sustainability.  Designed to keep the hospitality industry up to date with best practise and innovation, the 14-page interim report features the most recent, significant sustainability initiatives undertaken by the business under its three pillars: people, customers and suppliers.

Bunzl Catering Supplies outlines the key features of it Sustainable Future programme in a 2-page value proposition. Under its three pillars, people, customers and suppliers, the Sustainable Future programme drives communication, collaboration, and stakeholder engagement on a range of corporate sustainability issues. The Sustainable Future programme is underpinned by long-term objectives to deliver UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which provide a clear path for continual environmental improvement.

Opening the report, under its ‘people’ pillar, Bunzl Catering Supplies highlights its revitalised induction process – the People Champions programme. On 5 and 6 April, the People Champions at Bunzl Catering Supplies attended a 2-day training event, designed to equip them with the necessary skills to orientate and on-board new starters, giving them the best possible start and integration into the business. There are now 9 fully trained People Champions in the business, working at 7 sites across the UK.

Stuart Fairbairn, HR Director at Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division comments: “We know that an excellent induction programme benefits both employers and employees. For employers, we see a reduction in turnover and absenteeism, and for employees we see increased levels of commitment and job satisfaction.”

The report celebrates a Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean event under its ‘customer’ pillar.  On 21 September, 15 employees from Bunzl Catering Supplies and its customer, Japanese street food and sushi restaurant YO!, travelled to Worthing beach in West Sussex, to join the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean, a week-long citizen science event, where hundreds of beach cleans take place up and down the UK.

On every clean, participants are asked to run a litter survey, recording all the items of rubbish they find in a 100 metre stretch. This litter data drives conservation work and also feeds into the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC). The Great British Beach Clean has been used to make a positive impact on the ocean – including the introduction of the plastic bag charge, banning microplastics in personal care products, better wet wipe labelling, and supporting a tax on single-use plastic items.

Meanwhile, in the ‘supplier’ section, the report features an exciting Bunzl Lockhart packaging reduction project. As part of its continuing initiative to identify and reduce excess outer packaging on catering equipment products, Bunzl Lockhart has removed a significant volume of plastic packaging from its exclusive brand tableware ranges Crème and Artisan, and exclusive brand food preparation and storage range Prepara.

In the Crème and Artisan tableware ranges, plastic packaging has been reduced by an estimated 109 kilograms each year by removing the plastic sheets in between flatware items and replacing them with recyclable corrugated paper. Annually, it is estimated that over 300,000 plastic sheets have been removed from the supply chain of Crème and Artisan tableware due to this initiative.

Also in the ‘supplier’ section, Bunzl Catering Supplies is delighted to talk about a recent joint initiative with restaurant chain Wagamama and food packaging manufacturer Faerch.  On 15 August, restaurant chain Wagamama, launched an initiative to replace its delivery bowls with a range of new bowls made from CPET. By replacing its traditional packaging with CPET bowls, Wagamama estimates a 62% reduction in carbon footprint on its most popular dish alone, the katsu curry.

A key supplier to Wagamama for over 10 years, Bunzl Catering Supplies supported this initiative, working in partnership with sustainable food packaging manufacturer Faerch. CPET packaging is, on average, made from 70% recycled content and can be fully recycled into new food grade products.

Liam Fitchett, Key Account Manager at Faerch UK Ltd says: “Faerch are delighted to be part of this initiative to create a foodservice industry first. By Wagamama choosing CPET as the base material for this new product launch, they have made the right decision using fact-based sustainability information and ensured the quality of their food will not be compromised.”

As a leading supplier of food packaging and hygiene products, Bunzl Catering Supplies is committed to making hospitality happen for a sustainable future.  To read the Sustainability Report July – September 2022 – click here.