BaxterStorey has been crowned Sustainable Business of the Year at the edie 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards, fighting off stiff competition from its peers.
The winners of the 17 Award categories were announced at a black-tie dinner and ceremony on Wednesday 24th January, which was held during the middle of a two day edie Sustainability Leaders Forum.
Up against eight other businesses, including Adnams, IKEA, The Coal Authority and Timberland, BaxterStorey’s sustainability initiatives and programmes were praised for their proactive approach to find innovative sustainable solutions.
One programme in particular recognised by the judging panel was ‘Green Flash’ – a suite of 20-30 minute, peer-led training sessions covering broad topics such as ‘Energy & Water Efficiency in Your Location’ to more specific projects like, ‘Marine Stewardship Chain of Custody for Sustainable Fish and Food Waste Minimisation and Reporting’.
Judges were also impressed with the fact that, since 2014, BaxterStorey has been segregating, weighing and reporting all food waste produced by the business. This is now practiced at over 900 sites and has resulted in a 39% reduction in food waste across the business.
Mike Hanson, Head of Sustainable Business at BaxterStorey, said: “This is an incredible achievement for our team and testament to the work we’ve been doing to establish sound sustainable practices since we launched our agenda in 2006.
“It’s great that our sustainability programme has been further recognised by the industry and we are proud of be part of a wider movement working towards a greener environment.
“We still have big plans including developing our strategy to support the 17 UN sustainable development goals. Subsequently, we have now committed to procure 100% renewable electricity across our business by 2020.”