Sift Win Sustainable Sourcing Best Newcomer Award
In July, Sift started an organisation-wide sustainable sourcing review by conducting multiple staff surveys and taster sessions, which led to an overhaul all of their regular suppliers.
Office essentials such as milk, bread, sugar, margarine, jam, and tea are now sourced from local and fair-trade suppliers.
They source company lunches locally and receive a weekly supply of fresh fruit. The supplier they opted for shares their values in sustainable sourcing, and has the added benefit of donating excess fruit to underprivileged schools and running an African tree planting scheme. So far, they’ve been responsible for planting 229 trees.
To boot, much of their office stationery now is made from recycled materials and is cleaned with environmentally friendly products.
Looking forward, Sift plan to extend the work they’ve done in 2016 by encouraging staff to take the same attitude to their own purchasing habits at home, and will conduct another full review of their sourcing in 2016/7 to see if there are further improvements that could be made.
Go Green, a joint initiative set up by Business West and Low Carbon South West to coincide with Bristol’s year as European Green Capital, has encouraged over 1000 businesses to take steps to improve their sustainability since its inception last year.
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