Bartlett Mitchell, one of the UK’s leading independent caterers, has achieved certification to The Planet Mark sustainability programme – becoming the first caterer to achieve the accolade.

The Planet Mark is a certification programme that recognises commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability. The Programme helps people to measure and reduce their carbon emissions, energy and water consumption, travel, and the amount of waste they create. They help businesses to engage their own people in the process, to help save money, build a stronger brand and continue to thrive. It’s straightforward and aimed at organisations of all shapes and sizes, anywhere in the world, and at any stage on their sustainability journey.

Certification to The Planet Mark further strengthens Bartlett Mitchell’s position on sustainability by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders.

This is Bartlett Mitchell’s first year of business carbon footprint reporting, after it first calculated the carbon footprint of its Egham-Surrey operational site for the year ending December 2018 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually. This year’s footprint includes emissions from purchased electricity, waste, business travel and printing paper for its operational site.

While other caterers have made commitments to reducing their goals, Bartlett Mitchell has become the first to measure, report and deliver on its objectives. The company has been determined on implementing its sustainability agenda and has won the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s ‘Sustainable Caterer of the Year’ Award for the last three years. The company has also bee voted Best Company’ to work for and achieved ‘Investors in People Gold’.

Commenting on their achievement Steve Malkin CEO & Founder of The Planet Mark said; “We are thrilled that Bartlett Mitchell has achieved its first year’s certification to The Planet Mark and in doing so, committed to operating in such a way to reduce their carbon emissions. They’ve made remarkable progress and are clearly excited about the future and what they can do next. We’re delighted to have them join the community.”

Wendy Bartlett, founder, Bartlett Mitchell, said: “This achievement is testament to the brilliant work that our people undertake day in day out. Ever since we started our business, we have had a strong belief that we need to do what we can to help protect our environment and ensure that we are all taking responsibility for the communities we operate in. We are delighted to be the first caterer to have delivered on our commitments and, whilst we are very happy with what we have achieved to date, we know that there is more to be done across our sector.”

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