Bidfood, one of the UK’s leading foodservice distributors providing a total supply solution to hospitality industry customers nationally, has achieved certification to The Planet Mark.
This is Bidfood’s 7th year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. They first calculated the carbon footprint of their UK sites – 30 depots and 4 offices – for the year ending June 2014 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
Bidfood’s total carbon footprint for the year ending June 2020 was 50,348.0 tCO2e, a decrease of 12.8% from the year ending 2019. The relative carbon footprint was 10.6 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 12.7% compared to the year ending 2019.
The carbon saved by Bidfood this year is the equivalent amount of carbon absorbed by planting 122,000 seedlings and letting them grow for 10 years.
Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO of The Planet Mark, commented: “I’m so impressed by this set of results from Bidfood. Ambitious targets, and surpassing expectations, require a commitment to action and a progressive attitude, and Bidfood has both in bulk. It’s heart-warming to witness progress first–hand and to see hard work pay off. Continuous improvement is at the heart of what we do, and while Bidfood have made huge strides already, I have no doubt that the company will continue to surpass expectations.”
Julie Owst, Head of Sustainability and Change at Bidfood, commented: “Bidfood are delighted to be certified by The Planet Mark for the seventh year running, for our ongoing reduction of CO2 emissions. The Planet Mark are such an inspiring organisation to work alongside, and they have also helped us drive progress by facilitating conversations between sustainability professionals, to share not only examples of good practice but also the joys and challenges of working in this field! They add a lot of value to us as an organisation committed to positive change in this decade of climate action.”
Bidfood has been active on sustainability for more than a decade. Recognising that the issue is more urgent today than it has ever been. Through its three-year sustainability strategy, the company has identified four stated priorities: taking action to minimise its impact on climate change through reducing emissions and food waste, demonstrating responsible consumption and production, supporting health and wellbeing of its employees and customers, and partnering with other organisations to achieve sustainable development goals. Through these priorities Bidfood has developed a well-rounded sustainability strategy, including a target to reduce CO2 emissions by 25% by 2025.
Our food system is a huge contributor to carbon emissions, and change is needed in the sector if society is going to reach its carbon reduction targets. This can only be achieved on a company-level through a robust sustainability strategy. This must accommodate for the whole food supply chain through sourcing responsible, local and low-carbon ingredients, through managing and reducing plastic and food waste, to efficient business processes to support the delivery of products. Consistent monitoring and improvement in all of these aspects is key to the reduction of emissions.
CERTIFIED YEAR 7
This is to certify that Bidfood has achieved a reduction in its carbon footprint and is committed to continous improvement in sustainability.
Valid to 30 September 2021
Sir Tim Smit KBE
12.8% absolute carbon reduction
12.7% carbon reduction per employee
We are committed to reducing our carbon emmissions yearly so that together, we can all halt climate change
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