Bidvest 3663 has become the first foodservice provider to obtain The Planet Mark for Business certification as it puts sustainability at the centre of its operations.
The wholesaler has put in place a raft of initiatives to make its business greener throughout its supply chain and says the certification is recognition of its ongoing efforts. For instance using data from its Greenhouse Gas Report July 2013-June 2014 as a benchmark, it has pledged to reduce carbon emissions by 2.5% year-on-year for three years across water, waste and energy.
It aims to achieve this through a variety of measures including investment in efficient delivery vehicles – it is expanding its fleet of Euro six trucks with increased capacity and phasing out vehicles that achieve less than Euro four emissions standards. Carbon emissions will be independently verified by sustainability consultancy Planet First.
Shirley Duncalf, head of sustainability at Bidvest 3663 said: “As well as helping us to reduce our carbon footprint and championing sustainability, having the Planet Mark provides a platform for us to attract and retain clients by aligning with their sustainability objectives and gives us access to a growing network of like-minded businesses that we can collaborate with. We look forward to the seeing the results of this partnership over the coming three years.”
Bidvest 3663 will also work with customers to help them customers to attain the mark by providing materials, tools and advice on how to improve environmental performance.
And Steve Malkin, CEO at Planet First said: “Bidvest 3663 is the first foodservice provider to be awarded The Planet Mark. Achieving this is further evidence of Bidvest 3663’s proactive approach to creating positive social and environmental impacts. It is this commitment and leadership which puts them at the forefront of sustainability in the industry.”