We are delighted to have been recognised with the Sustainable Business Award at the CIS Excellence Awards, in partnership with City of Glasgow College.
The winners were announced at a glitzy black-tie dinner and ceremony on Thursday 30th May, hosted at Doubletree Hilton in Glasgow.
The Sustainable Business Award rewards caterers that have excelled in the reduction of their environmental impact through the implementation of sustainable business practices. Fighting off stiff competition from global brands, our sustainability initiatives were praised for a proactive approach to find innovative sustainable solutions.
One programme recognised by the judges was the ‘City Goes Green’ initiative. In collaboration with the College’s Student Association along with NQ Joinery students and their social personal development students, the team have built a greenhouse made from plastic water bottles recycled by students. Built on the rooftop garden, it houses herbs and vegetables used by our chefs for student lunches.
With students becoming increasingly aware of the impact left on the planet with many more moving towards sustainable diets, judges were impressed with their Grounds to Ground initiative, encouraging customers to feed their garden with recycled coffee grounds, which acts as fertiliser. Asking for a small donation per bag, the team have raised over £200 for the Glasgow Homeless Centre.
We have been segregating, weighing and reporting all food waste that we have produced since 2014. This is now practiced at over 900 sites and has resulted in a 42% reduction in food waste across our business.
Jeremy Wood, Regional Managing Director at BaxterStorey, said: “We are incredibly proud of the team at City of Glasgow College, this achievement is testament to the innovative work they have been doing to establish sound sustainable practices since we launched our wider company agenda in 2006.
“We are continuously developing new ways of reducing our environmental impacts, from using fresh locally sourced seasonal ingredients to our Grounds to Ground initiative, we are proud to part of a wider industry movement working towards a more sustainable food future”.
Deborah Fagan, Lead Procurement Manager commented: “BaxterStorey have continually thrived in achieving all sustainability outcomes within this contract and have excelled in the delivery of additional sustainability initiatives at the College involving both staff and students. The commitment, time and effort BaxterStorey provide when it comes to sustainability is continually recognised by the College and makes this partnership the success that it is today”.