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Sustainable Future Report 2019 Highlights Innovation

Monday December 16, 2019

Bunzl Catering Supplies  Sustainable Future 2019 report highlights innovative solutions in response to complex legislative change.

Today, we launch our third, annual Sustainable Future report, a 56-page document that shares the work we have undertaken in 2019 for a more sustainable future in the catering and hospitality industry. The report highlights a number of innovative solutions developed in response to forthcoming environmental legislation and forms a key part of our communication strategy, both internally and externally. Our Sustainable Future programme is underpinned by our long-term objectives to deliver our UN Sustainable Development Goals targets, which provide a clear and measurable path for continual environmental improvement.

Presented in three sections, in line with our value proposition: people, customers and suppliers, the Sustainable Future 2019 report is introduced by Matt Johnson, Managing Director, Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, who comments: “In 2019, the effects of global warming from climate change and the impact of plastic waste in our oceans formed a backdrop for a number of Government led initiatives and legislation on sustainability. For the catering and hospitality industry this has placed increased scrutiny on the issue of single use food packaging waste and how collectively we might better reduce, reuse or recycle it.”

Bunzl Catering Supplies has responded to legislative complexity with a number of innovations. In March, we launched the Sustainable Future Footprint Tool, a cutting-edge sustainability tool that identifies from customer product lists, single use packaging likely to be affected by proposed government legislation, providing our customers with agile product advice for pro-active and environmentally responsible decision making.

Having launched a comprehensive range of reusable on the go foodservice products to market in October, we hosted a Sustainable Future Supplier Forum in November, bringing our partner suppliers and sales teams together to showcase the very latest in material and product innovation.


Throughout 2019, we held 7 customer forums across the UK. Host to regional and national customers, the forums provided a collaborative platform for robust and engaging dialogue on the impact of government legislation and reform. Justin Turquet, Head of Sustainability, Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, comments: “Our response to complex legislative change is to continue to work in close partnership with our customers, to provide regular, un-bias information, and most importantly, to support, develop and deliver innovative sustainable product and service solutions.”

As we look ahead to 2020, 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 and continue to work together with our people, our customers and our suppliers to make hospitality happen for a more sustainable future.

View the Sustainable Future 2019 report here.