Caterer Bartlett Mitchell (BM) has been awarded Planet Mark accreditation for a third successive year after reducing its carbon footprint by 26 per cent, with the company also committing to a further 5 per cent decrease in its latest CSER report which was released this week.
As part of the accreditation, the company, which reported on its pro-rated carbon reduction results for the period from 1st January 2020 to 31st December 2020 has been especially commended on its waste, travel, procurement, water, social value, engagement and communication business impacts – supporting seven of the UN’s sustainable development goals.
In the reporting period, BM, achieved the 26 per cent absolute carbon reduction from 2019 to 2020, meaning a decrease of 72.8 tCO2e total carbon footprint for its support office, which is 1.1 tCO2w total carbon footprint per employee.
As part of its ongoing activity, the company has committed to a greater than 5 per cent reduction across its company support function on its journey to Net Zero. BM is committing to work with The Planet Mark to measure its Social Value, the first contract caterer to do this.
The Social Value measurement has historically looked at social, environmental and economic activities such as people, community and volunteering, donations, procurement, and positive environmental impact.
BM works with the Planet Mark to help measure, engage and communicate its CSER commitments. It is the only contract caterer to have achieved the Planet Mark accreditation.
Further highlights in the company’s CSER report include a focus on BM’s ‘Hidden Heroes’ who have dedicated personal time and resource to support the communities they operate in, as well as a clear roadmap for further ED&I (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) engagement across its business in the next 12 months.
Ian Thomas, BM CEO, says: “We remain as committed as ever to mitigate our impact to the planet by measuring and monitoring our impact which helps us to drive carbon savings going forward.
“Whilst the challenges of the last few years have been clear for all to see, we have maintained our focus on sustainability and do what we can to improve our social value as a business and individuals.
“We are exceptionally proud of the lengths our teams have gone to, not just in the reporting period, but before and after, and are delighted to be able to celebrate some of these within our latest CSER report.”