The British Medical Association’s (BMA) caterer CH&CO has highlighted its sustainability achievements and set its 2020 targets in a new report that spotlights the independent caterer’s long-term approach to operating in a socially responsible and sustainable way.
BMA House in Tavistock Square, London, which also boasts a Gold Green Tourism award, is the host for the Global Good Awards ceremony on 19 June, the second year running that it has been the event’s venue partner.
“We were very impressed with the delicious vegan food provided last year,” commented Karen Sutton, Founder of the Global Good Awards. “It was its first all vegan menu for a non-vegan event and proved a huge success. We’re delighted to be returning.”
CH&CO itself is a major player in the UK foodservice scene and last year became the largest and most diverse contract caterer to be awarded the top-level three-star Food Made Good rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). The sustainable business rating is based on 10 key areas that consider society, sourcing and environmental practices.
Some of its 2020 targets include:
- To increase partnerships with niche suppliers by 10%
- To increase vegan meals by 15%
- To increase Freedom Foods (gluten-free) by 10%
- To reduce carbon emissions by 10% through supplier delivery
- To introduce a food waste recording system across the business.
Terry Waldron, COO, CH&CO, said: “The actions we take today have consequences for our children and grandchildren’s future on this wonderful planet, that’s why CH&CO takes a long-term approach to operating in a socially responsible, sustainable way; it’s part of who we are. In the CH&CO Planet Report, we share some of the ways we serve great quality food that doesn’t cost the earth and helps towards our goals for the future.
“We’re very proud to hold three stars from the SRA. Achieving this is just the beginning, sustainability is a complex, ever-changing area and there will always be room for improvement. By working in partnership with the SRA, we’ll continue to shape our policies in line with the latest developments and challenges to make positive changes. There is no quick fix when it comes to sustainability, but we’re committed for the sake of our planet and future generations.”
You can access the full report here.