CH&CO has been awarded the top-level Three Star rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).
The SRA rating, which is regarded as the Michelin Stars of sustainability, encompasses the whole CH&CO business, including workplaces, destinations, venues, events, education, livery and healthcare.
Sustainability is an important long-term focus for the caterer, with CH&CO Planet embedded in the company culture and an active team of Green Ambassadors made up of people from across the business championing sustainability at every opportunity. Its chefs also regularly attend supplier visits to farms and fisheries, for example, helping them to build an understanding of sustainable techniques and giving them the knowledge to inform customers where their food comes from.
CH&CO and the SRA have worked in partnership for the past 12 months to analyse and monitor the business’ sustainability credentials across 10 areas under the three key pillars of sourcing, environment and society. The in-depth process harnessed the ongoing commitment and enthusiasm at all levels of the business – from the board to on-site teams. By sharing best practices across sites and sectors and acting on the advice of the SRA, the top rating was secured.
To achieve Three Stars, CH&CO’s overall scores for sourcing, environment and society were strong. However, it scored particularly well compared to the SRA average or similar businesses in the areas of ‘celebrate local and seasonal’, ‘source better fish’, ‘support the community’, ‘feeding people well’, and ‘value natural resources’.
Terry Waldron, CH&CO’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We’re very proud to have been awarded Three Stars by the SRA across the entire company. This is an incredible achievement, particularly for a company of our size and scope. A lot of people across the business have made this happen and I thank everyone for their commitment and contribution. Sustainability has always been an important part of our culture, so we started from a good place, but working with the SRA challenged us and helped us focus on embedding consistent sustainability practices across the business, regardless of sector or site. It’s been an inspiring process and a pleasure to work with the SRA team.”