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Foodbuy and Chartwells Universities & Colleges Winners at Footprint Awards


Leading procurement arm of Compass Group UK & Ireland, Foodbuy, won the ‘Social Impact and Diversity’ award; and Chartwells Universities & Colleges took home the ‘Sustainability in Education’ award at the long-awaited Footprint Awards 2020.

Celebrating its 10th year, the Footprint Awards remains the first and only initiative to honour the achievements of companies in the area of sustainability and responsible business practice in the out of home sector and its supply chain.

The ‘Social Impact and Diversity’ award celebrates businesses that have delivered a step change to profitability, whilst also delivering meaningful social impact. Foodbuy claimed the award for its work pioneering social value and procurement with purpose across its supply chain, most notably with social enterprises. In 2020 alone, Foodbuy worked with over 20 different social enterprises, including Change Please – an award-winning coffee company that provides employment to the homeless.

Ian Murphy, Managing Director, Foodbuy UK said: “At Foodbuy, we put sustainability at the heart of everything we do and it’s great to see our work being recognised. Winning a Footprint Award is a testament to our hard work and commitment to source more sustainably and socially across our supply chains. We’re proud to be using our spend, scale and influence to deliver social value for communities, people and the planet.”

Chartwells secured the ‘Sustainability in Education’ award because of the significant impact across its Brunel University site championing sustainable operations, health, wellbeing, and mental health. Sustainability is fundamental to Chartwells’ offer and they actively work with the university, supply chain and local community to drive change, influence choice and help students and staff make informed decisions around catering and sustainability across campus. Resulting in reduced food waste and sustained healthy catering operations for the benefit of all customers.

Kerry Ford, Managing Director, Chartwells Universities & Colleges commented: “We’re extremely proud to have won this award – Brunel University is a shining example of what can be achieved in partnership with our clients. We were challenged to implement and create a culture of sustainable catering operations at the university and once we made operational changes needed to achieve this, we then worked with the University Global Challenge team to help influence and educate students around sustainability to encourage action and change behaviours.”

Foodbuy and Chartwells Universities & Colleges Winners at Footprint Awards