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Bartlett Mitchell, an independent contract caterer that powers business offering bespoke services, has achieved the Planet Mark Certification.
This is Bartlett Mitchell’s 2nd year of business carbon footprint reporting. It first calculated the carbon footprint of its head office for the year ending December 2018 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
Bartlett Mitchell’s total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2019 was 99.8 tCO2e, a decrease of 19.1% from the year ending 2018. The relative carbon footprint was 1.05 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 24.2% compared to the year ending 2018.
The carbon saved by Bartlett Mitchell is the equivalent of driving 58,000 miles in an average car.
“Bartlett Mitchell has always led the industry as sustainable pioneers. As the first contract caterer to make a statement with Planet Mark, I’m delighted to see that this has been followed up with an excellent reduction in carbon emissions. This is a business doing things the right way, with clear goals for the way it impacts the planet. Businesses from all industries could learn from Bartlett Mitchell.”
“We are delighted with our 2nd year certification with the Planet Mark and the notable reduction we have achieved-it really does make all the focus and hard work worth it! While the results are taken from the pre-Covid lockdown period, we are already looking at how, in the new world we are living in, we can continue to make positive changes and reduce our impact on the environment. If Covid has highlighted anything to society, it is that we all need to continue to work hard together to ensure we are creating a sustainable future for ourselves and our planet.”
Sustainability and ethics underpin everything Bartlett Mitchell does. As well as being the first contract caterer to achieve certification to The Planet Mark, the company also was the first caterer to achieve Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) Three Star Champion Status, earning ‘most sustainable contract caterer’ with the Food Made Good award. To achieve this, many sustainable policies, such as sourcing local and seasonal producers, sourcing high-welfare produce, and a commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle, have been implemented.
Customers are becoming more aware of the need to invest in sustainable products, and this is no more acute than in the culinary industry. As a way to attract both new customers and retain existing customers, businesses in the food industry must embrace the opportunity afforded by sustainability. A new way of conducting business could be beneficial for both the planet and a company’s ongoing profits, but it must encompass both the way food is produced and the business’ own supply chain and processes.
As part of the Planet Mark certification, Bartlett Mitchell has committed to make a year-on-year reduction.