Sustainable business practices are quickly evolving and we recognize the importance of ensuring that our employees are kept up to date. Our EMEA Purchasing and Supply Chain Sustainability Manager, Bert Carter, has attended a number of training programs in 2019 with the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and the UK’s Open University (OU) to understand the latest trends.
These included the CISL Sustainability Essentials for Business course and the OU Supply Chain Sustainability and Climate Change courses.
Identified best practice has been brought back to the business and shared with the newly established Supply Chain Sustainability Group. The group, made up of representatives from all our European sites, act as ambassadors, responsible for identifying opportunities to help improve the sustainability of business practices within their locality. The team have generated a pipeline of ideas and initiatives, with a number already implemented in 2019 including:
- Supporting the switch of all European manufacturing sites to 100% renewable electricity.
- Running five workshops for 44 purchasing and supply chain employees to help increase awareness and understanding of current sustainability programs and initiatives and encourage the identification of new opportunities within their areas.
- Exploring opportunities to increase sustainability of logistics and production of carbon neutral products.
- Encouraging the use of reusable dinnerware and replacing single use plastic catering products with biodegradable alternatives at our largest manufacturing facility, Ellesmere Port in the UK, reducing waste and resources.