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Sustainable Future Q2 Interim Report 2021

Wednesday June 23, 2021

Latest Sustainable Future report from Bunzl Catering Supplies keeps hospitality industry up to date with sustainability initiatives as operators reopen in the wake of Covid-19.

Bunzl Catering Supplies has launched its latest Sustainable Future report, keeping the hospitality industry up to date with best practise and innovation in sustainability as the hospitality continues to adapt and reopen in the wake of Covid-19. Launched this week, the Sustainable Future Q2 interim report features the most recent, significant sustainability initiatives undertaken by the business under its three sustainability pillars: people, customers and suppliers.

Under its ‘people’ pillar, the report celebrates its forthcoming participation in the Duchenne Dash. Employees at Bunzl Catering Supplies are joining the food procurement organisation Foodbuy team on a cycling challenge to collectively cycle 40,000km in just 12 hours at Goodwood Motor Circuit to raise funds for Duchenne UK.  Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a disease that mainly affects young boys and is the most common genetic killer of children worldwide – currently there is no cure. Started by families affected by the disease, Duchenne UK has a clear vision to fund and accelerate treatments and find a cure for the disease.

In the ‘Customers’ section of the report, we see how Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division has joined the Sodexo Modern Slavery Strategic Supplier Forum.  As one of Sodexo UK & Ireland’s largest strategic suppliers, Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division has joined the forum as founding members, and will meet bi-annually to highlight risks, share best practice and agree common commitments to tackle modern slavery in its organisations.

Justin Turquet, Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, Head of Sustainability, said: “We are delighted to be working with Sodexo and their partners as part of the Modern Slavery Supplier Forum to ensure we are sharing best practice and established programmes that mitigate the risks of modern slavery in the supply chain.”

On page 6, in the ‘people’ section, the report looks at two online forums hosted by Bunzl Catering Supplies in March that focused the proposed sustainability legislation and reform changes that will have an impact on individual businesses and the hospitality industry at large.  As hospitality begins to adjust to a new normal post Covid-19, the Sustainable Future customer forums explored how the industry can ‘build back better’ and how Bunzl Catering Supplies can support its customers to adapt to new business conditions, particularly in takeout and food delivery provision.

Robin Maxwell, Bunzl Catering Supplies, Sales Director, said: “Our Sustainable Future programme is committed to delivering sustainable solutions to hospitality operators supported by clear and transparent advice. Our customer forums continue to play a vital part in this commitment, and their increasing popularity is a testament to this.”

Bunzl Catering Supplies showcases its market-leading Eco Star standard in the ‘Suppliers’ section of the report.  In April, Bunzl Catering Supplies launched Cleanline Eco, an exclusive brand range of professional cleaning products that promote responsible consumption and production, aim to protect life on land and water and are safe and effective for professional use.  All products in the Cleanline Eco range have been developed to the Eco Star standard for sustainability. This means that each product in the range meets the relevant sustainability criteria set out in the Eco Star standard’s five sustainability pillars: production, formulation, transportation, in-use and end of life.

Bunzl Catering Supplies’ partner supplier amipak™ is featured on page 9 in the ‘Suppliers’ section. amipak™ has designed and manufactured an innovative range of food containers made from two separate material types, which are easily separated from each other at point of disposal for recapture and recycling at a material recycling facility. Called amiklip™, the patented design is made from a board base sourced in the EU and FSC certified. FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) is a non-profit organization that sets certain high standards to make sure that forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible and socially beneficial manner. The lids are made from 100% rPET (recycled PET), which means they are exempt from the HMRC Plastic Packaging Tax. PET is the most widely recycled material in Europe and in the UK and is recycled by 99% of local authorities.

Bunzl Catering Supplies is utilising its interim Sustainable Future reports to share and celebrate best practise and innovation in sustainability as it happens in the catering and hospitality industry, recognising specific industry and legislative challenges and highlighting the collaborative endeavour and achievements to overcome them. As a leading supplier of food packaging and hygiene products, Bunzl Catering Supplies is committed to making hospitality happen for a sustainable future as the industry reopens post Covid-19.  To read the Sustainability Report April-June 2021 – click here.