The City of London Corporation has announced the addition of a new category for its prestigious Sustainable City Awards aimed exclusively at caterers and restaurants.
Organised in co-operation with green food campaigner Sustain, the Sustainable Caterer Award will recognise the achievements of restaurants and caterers in London who make a concerted effort to reduce their carbon footprint and impact on the environment, and improving the health and well-being of their staff.
Businesses will be judged on their sustainability management and in particular on seven principles of sustainable food: use of seasonally available ingredients; use of food from eco-friendly farming systems; limiting foods of animal origin; use of sustainable fish sources; fairtrade products; avoidance of bottled water; and the promotion of health and well-being.
Simon Mills, the City of London Corporation’s Sustainability Co-ordinator said: “Never before has sustainable food been higher on the agenda than now. While there are many organisations out there making a real difference, there are many unsure of how to change. The launch of the Sustainable Catering category will recognise achievements, whilst establishing ambassadors of best practice, who can set the standard for others to follow and provide a real inspiration.”
Other categories in the Sustainable City Awards include Sustainable Procurement, Resource Conservation and Adapting to Mitigating Climate Change. Previous winners at the awards have included BSkyB, Beales Hotels, Metropolitan Police and Berkeley Group.
Application forms and further information on judging criteria can be found at www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/sca. The closing date for entries is December 5, and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Mansion House next February.