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Bunzl Catering Supplies Sustainable Future Report 2021

Wednesday December 15, 2021

Bunzl Catering Supplies has launched its annual Sustainable Future report, a 68-page document that demonstrates its commitment to a sustainable future in the hospitality industry. The report forms a key part of Bunzl Catering Supplies communication strategy on sustainability and is underpinned by its long-term objective to deliver UN Sustainable Development Goals targets.

Presented in three sections: people, customers and suppliers, the 2021 sustainability report highlights the plethora of activity undertaken in response to the significant challenges posed by Covid-19, and details long-term carbon efficiency targets across Bunzl plc in keeping with the global aims outlined at COP26 – the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties.

The report is introduced by Matt Johnson, Managing Director at Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, who comments: “The hospitality industry has been one of the sectors most affected by lockdowns and government restrictions throughout the Covid-19 crisis. Our ability to adapt quickly and efficiently has given our customers the confidence to re-start their foodservice operations in challenging conditions. Our teams have worked tirelessly and have demonstrated their long-term commitment to building a sustainable future.”

Utilising its global purchasing resources, throughout the pandemic, Bunzl Catering Supplies was able to deliver critical PPE to its customers, whilst maintaining the high standards demanded by the Bunzl Ethical Sourcing Policy. Bunzl Catering Supplies continues to work with its global supply chain, to ensure all its customers are equipped with the products they require to operate safely and sustainably in the wake of Covid-19.

Committed to providing its customers with regular, transparent information on sustainability, Bunzl Catering Supplies has continued to host its popular Sustainable Future customer forums in an online format. The forums provide a collaborative platform for regional and national customers to take part in robust and engaging discussion on the impact of government legislation and reform, as well as introducing customers to the next generation of material and product innovation being developed specifically for the foodservice industry.

Robin Maxwell, Sales Director at Bunzl Catering Supplies, comments: “We are committed to delivering sustainable solutions to hospitality operators supported by expert advice. Our customer forums play a vital part in this commitment and their popularity is a testament to this.”

In 2021, the business has made significant updates to its Sustainable Future Material Footprint Tool, to provide customers with greater product analysis at line level detail, including information on recycled material content. The on-going development of the unique footprint tool has allowed Bunzl Catering Supplies to work pro-actively with its customers, helping them to adopt sustainable product options ahead of the introduction of the UK Plastics Packaging Tax.

COP26 took place in Glasgow in November, with the aim of securing Global Net Zero by mid-century and keeping 1.5 degrees within reach through ambitious 2030 emission reduction targets. Earlier this year, Bunzl plc  announced new, long-term carbon efficiency targets across the group for its scope 1 and 2 emissions, aligned to climate science and the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) guidance. The business is now committed to a 50% improvement in carbon efficiency by 2030 and has joined the UN’s Race to Zero initiative.

These ambitions add to Bunzl Catering Supplies existing commitments to reduce its impact on the environment. In April, Bunzl Catering Supplies switched its London fleet of vehicles to HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) fuel, a second-generation fuel made from renewable, recycled material that offers net  greenhouse gas reductions of up to 90% in comparison to fossil diesel fuel.

Headline sponsors of the Footprint waste2zero awards for the sixth year, Bunzl Catering Supplies is proud to support an initiative that showcases best practice and recognises excellence in waste management and prevention in the foodservice industry. At the awards, Bunzl UK & Ireland picked up ‘Winner of the Best Product, Technology and Innovation Award’ for Cleanline Eco. Cleanline Eco is a range of professional cleaning products developed to a new Eco Star standard, with the primary objective to promote responsible consumption and production, aim to protect life on land and water, and to be effective for professional use.

Justin Turquet, Head of Sustainability for Bunzl Catering Supplies comments: “Bunzl Catering Supplies is proud to once again support an event that showcases the excellent work achieved by market-leaders to reduce waste, promote recycling and encourage environmentally responsible end-of-life solutions for disposable packaging products.”

As we look ahead to 2022, we will continue to develop and bring to market sustainable solutions to better reduce, reuse and recycle. We will also foster and encourage positive change on the issue of waste. Working together with our people, customers and suppliers, we will continue to make hospitality happen for a sustainable future.

View the Sustainable Future 2021 report here.