In developing its CSR programme, Brakes has introduced a new packaging policy as well as a rollout of new energy efficient lighting aimed at minimising the company’s impact on the environment.
The new packaging policy follows the completion of Brakes’ 2ZERO20 black plastics commitment, which saw over a thousand tonnes of hard-to-recycle black plastics removed from its supply chain.
The company finished a rollout of new LED lighting across its UK-wide network of depots in October, which they hope will save about 500 tonnes of carbon. Brakes are now concentrating on developing plans to bring its own alternative energy sources, which it plans to launch shortly.
Part of Brakes’ CSR goals includes ensuring that suppliers maximise the use of materials that are recyclable, reusable or compostable where appropriate.
The creation of the new packaging policy meets these requirements while also minimising waste, reducing the amount of carbon used to produce and transport packaging and minimising the use of resources throughout the production process.
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Brakes’ Director responsible for CSR, Stuart Smith, said: “As a business, we have a responsibility to take a lead on CSR. As the UK leader in foodservice wholesale, and as part of Sysco, the global foodservice leader, it’s the right thing to do but is also increasingly what our customers and consumers want and expect of us.
“We’ve made it our mission to put CSR at the heart of our business across our focus areas of people, product and planet. We want to support all the communities in which we operate, reduce our impact on the environment and ensure that we take the right steps as a business to support our customers’ own CSR programmes.”