THE SUSTAINABILITY AWARD FOR CATERERS
Blue Strawberry Group
Sustainable excellence: Blue Strawberry’s journey towards a greener future
Blue Strawberry Group, a renowned luxury catering company with over 30 years of experience, is leading the way in sustainability Our conscientious approach to Corporate & Social Responsibility (CSR) informs all aspects of our operations, ensuring environmental responsibility is ingrained in our day-to-day activities.
Our achievements in sustainability include offsetting 307.96% more CO2 than our carbon footprint, eliminating single-use plastics, and planting and caring for trees. We prioritise responsible food sourcing, collaborating with clients to promote sustainable choices and supporting local communities through partnerships with charities like Healthy Living Platform and The Tree Council.
As leaders in our industry, we actively seek Planet Mark certification and plan to further reduce environmental impact by incorporating our supply chain into carbon footprint calculations. In 2023, we will offset our carbon footprint through Gold Standard, supporting initiatives that positively impact local communities around the world.
Blue Strawberry Group’s unwavering dedication to sustainability, tangible achievements, and community engagement make us a standout candidate for the Sustainability Award.
BMA House / Company of Cooks
At BMA House, we proudly serve as the home of the British Medical Association, and our commitment to sustainability has always been at the forefront of our mission. We understand that sustainability not only benefits our planet but also plays a crucial role in human health and well-being.
In 2019, BMA House took a significant step toward a more sustainable future by commissioning an eco-audit of our venue, much of which was undertaken in partnership with our catering partner, Company of Cooks. This audit meticulously assessed our consumption, emissions, waste, and usage, providing a comprehensive overview of our environmental impact. With this crucial information in hand, we embarked on a journey to create a carbon descent plan, known internally as the ‘BMA Carbon Neutral Pathway.’ This plan outlines our clear goals and actionable steps to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
Our partnership with Company of Cooks has been instrumental in our sustainability efforts. Together, we have already undertaken numerous initiatives that have garnered recognition and awards. However, we remain committed to seeking new ideas and actions that will expedite our journey to becoming carbon neutral.
Eden Caterers is a sustainable catering company that has been trading for over 30 years. They are committed to following, improving, and promoting good sustainability practices throughout all of their everyday operations.
Eden Caterers is committed to creating a more sustainable future for their business, their community, and their planet.
Here are some specific examples of Eden Caterers’ sustainability initiatives:
They work with charities to provide hot meals to the homeless.
They support local suppliers, which reduces delivery miles and supports the local economy.
They pay their employees at least the London living, which helps to ensure that they can afford to live in London.
They recycle all of their waste, including cardboard, glass, tin, plastic, and paper.
They use anaerobic digestion to recycle food waste, which creates biogas, a renewable energy source.
They source their ingredients as locally as possible, which reduces the carbon emissions associated with transporting food.
They are powered by 100% renewable energy.
They have replaced their diesel fleet with electric vehicles.
They use biodegradable packaging.
They plant trees to offset their carbon emissions.
Jimmy Garcia Catering
We are dedicated to creating, delicious food whilst reducing our carbon footprint. We constantly strive to set a new industry standard in sustainability.
Collaborating with renowned sustainability consultant David Stubbs, we’ve established a carbon-neutral policy that enriches our planet. His expertise in environmental management enables us to prioritise sustainability in all we do.
We’re on a journey of course and it’s one ultimately to carbon-negativity. We’re working with Isla to tracking and improve the impact of our own operations. And via Skoot we’re working with our clients to offset their own actions by planting trees in “our” forest.
On a personal note, I am at my happiest when talking to people about the importance of protecting our surroundings, our land and the future of our produce. I love being part of the “food for good” movement. This summer we have started working with the Waterloo Community Fridge who serve 100’s of people in the Waterloo and Elephant and Castle area who are struggling with food poverty. We supply this brilliant initiative with all our cooked but unserved food left over after our events.
We don’t just incorporate sustainability into our business, it is our business.
QEII Taste, by Levy UK is the in-house catering company at The QEII Centre where an expert team of 22 full team and a support team of 150 part-time members have provided catering services for the venue’s clients and their guests since the venue opened in 1986.
Led by general manager Jason Dignam and executive chef Danilo Barbagallo, QEII Taste is at the forefront of a drive by Levy and its owner Compass UK & Ireland to achieve Climate Net Zero and is making great strides, picking up awards and accreditations on the way, including Greengage ECOsmart Gold Award 2023. The QEII Centre is also aiming to become the first venue within the Levy UK group to become carbon neutral.