Establish your own catering guidelines

Most catering companies want to provide what is right for their client. Creating a policy for food provision, or incorporating one within existing guidelines on sustainability or corporate social responsibility, can help guide your caterer to provide more sustainable, healthy and ethically produced food and ingredients.

The most important thing we can do is to take an interest in where our food comes from and how it is produced. You can work with your caterer to source food primarily from local growers or farmers who have an organic certification. “Organic” labelling can give peace of mind that crops have been grown and animals raised to an agreed set of standards based around health, ecology, fairness and care for current and future generations. In the UK, the Soil Association (based in Bristol) is one of our largest certifiers, but you can also look out for other approved marques – see the resources section.

Work with your caterer to integrate the changes and ensure that they understand your organisation’s values, and remember that if they won’t adhere to your policies another caterer may be only too happy to help.

Finally, make sure that any staff who order catering are aware of and understand your guidelines, even those that only place orders once or twice a year.

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