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The company has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by 2.5% year-on-year for three years across water, waste and energy, which it hopes to achieve through a variety of initiatives including investment in highly efficient delivery vehicles.

Shirley Duncalf, head of sustainability at Bidvest FoodService said: “As a key player in the food industry, sustainability is a fundamental part of our business strategy. We consider our environmental and social impacts in everything that we do and The Planet Mark for Business is an excellent fit with our culture.

“The Planet Mark for Business is provided by sustainability consultancy Planet First in partnership with the well-respected Eden Project, the educational charity, which promotes sustainable futures.

“As well as helping us to reduce our carbon footprint and championing sustainability, having the Planet Mark provides a platform for us to attract and retain clients by aligning with their sustainability objectives and gives us access to a growing network of like-minded businesses that we can collaborate with.

“We look forward to the seeing the results of this partnership over the coming three years.”

Bidvest FoodService will also help its customers to attain the mark by providing materials, tools and advice on how to improve environmental performance, and has negotiated a discounted rate for its customers who wish to achieve it.

Steve Malkin, ceo at Planet First said: “Bidvest FoodService is the first foodservice provider to be awarded The Planet Mark. Achieving this is further evidence of Bidvest FoodService’s proactive approach to creating positive social and environmental impacts. It is this commitment and leadership which puts them at the forefront of sustainability in the industry.”

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