Pillar four: Environment
A systematic approach
In 2011, we achieved business-wide certification for ISO 14 001 – Environmental Management Systems. This certification, which initially lasts three years, helps to ensure that the environment remains front of mind across our operations, whether our own offices or our 10,000 client sites. To address the challenges presented by the size and diversity of our business, we have invested in employee environmental e-learning, a centralised HSE management website, and a support network of over 150 HSE Champions within our business.
We are compliant with all environmental legislation and continue to meet all disclosure and reporting requirements, often via our parent company, Compass Group PLC.
Carbon Reduction – transforming our supply chain
Our work in this area was recognised by industry peers at the 2013 Footprint Awards, where Compass was awarded the Environmentally Friendly Logistics Award for “Green & Simple”.
We know that the sourcing of our food and the customer experience when eating with us is central to our success; being responsible about the waste we generate is just as vital and allows us to own fully the end to end food journey. We have measured food waste in our business since 2007.
In June 2012, we became signatories to the WRAP Voluntary Agreement on food and packaging waste.This commits us to two deliverables by the end of 2015:
A reduction in food waste and packaging waste by 5%; and
An increase in the rate of food waste and packaging waste being recycled, sent to Anaerobic Digestion or composted to at least 70%.
We are on track to meet these targets.
We annually recycle more than one million litres of used cooking oil, which is converted into biodiesel to power parts of our supply chain. This has saved over 2,200 tonnes of carbon.
Working More Sustainably
Compass Group UK & Ireland continues to promote green business practices such as teleconferencing, flexible working and best practice in regards to recycling, travel and communications throughout all of our business operations and corporate offices.
The average Co2g/km of our car fleet continues to fall, currently at an average of 118g/km on 860 cars, a figure that is well ahead of Government targets and the average emissions levels of new vehicles in the UK. We are now working on achieving the same outcomes for all our commercial vehicles.