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Compass’ head of environment recognised for contribution to the foodservice industry

Compass Group UK & Ireland’s Head of Environment, Celena Fernandez, has been recognised for her Special Achievement and Contribution to the Foodservice industry at the annual Footprint Awards held in Central London on World Environment Day 2019.

Fernandez’s accolades since joining the food and support services firm in 2013 include the development and management of a five-year environmental strategy and an innovative food & packaging waste strategy. Due to the size and scale of Compass, Fernandez set up a network of 50+ environmental champions from across the business to ensure the new strategies were embedded efficiently and effectively. Additionally, she has rolled out over 10,000 copies of the award-winning Environment Toolkit to implement the company’s Environmental Management System at site-level and created a digital Single-Use Plastics Guide with the support of Compass’ Foodbuy procurement team and its suppliers/supply chain.

Over the years Fernandez has and continues to work closely with external industry partners including WRAP, IGD, Foodservice Packaging Association, and DEFRA on the Food and Drink Sector Council’s packaging working group.  

Prior to joining Compass, Fernandez spent 10 years in consultancy and supported a range of organisations on various projects into resource efficiency and sustainable product and packaging design and implemented environmental and sustainable procurement strategies across her portfolio.

Commenting on her award, Fernandez, said: “I am incredibly honoured to be recognised for such a prestigious award on World Environment Day 2019 so early in my career and at such a challenging time for the industry. I would like to thank my colleagues, leaders and environmental champions at Compass for their continued support in driving our environmental agenda and engaging in numerous environmental initiatives and behaviour change campaigns.”

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