Our team have been awarded a Gold Standard Accreditation by the Soil Association at University of the Arts London (UAL), with UAL being the first university in the UK to receive the prestigious award.
The certification, which has been given to the university for the fourth consecutive year, recognises the high standard of our catering services provided to 18,000 students.
As part of the accreditation process, all restaurants were reviewed to ensure they met the highest standards of provenance and traceability and that the students routinely received freshly prepared meals, using environmentally sustainable and seasonal ingredients.
Soil Association Certification is the country’s leading organic certifier and offers a large range of organic and sustainable certification schemes across food, farming, catering, health and beauty and forestry.
Following the audit, the team were commended for using organic and free-range ingredients used throughout UAL, with a focus on seasonality and provenance.
Associate Director of Catering, Retail and Accommodation Services, Jane Donachy commented: “Receiving Gold Standard accreditation from the Soil Association for the fourth consecutive year demonstrates how committed we are as a university to sustainability and the standard of food served across all our six college campuses. Together with BaxterStorey, we believe we set exceptionally high standards throughout our restaurants and lead the way in our commitment to provenance.”
Regional managing director, Sarah Miller added: “Creating a sustainable business is at the core of what we do. We’re incredibly proud of all of our teams around the campus, who together with UAL, ensure our customers receive the finest food and drink possible in a sustainable and considered manner.”