Do you think the following item is:
a) A tool for working out where we get our fruit from
b) A really fancy cheese plate
c) The Barclays Green Leaders in Business Award trophy
Yep, it’s C (we know the silver plate at the bottom gave it
This week has been a great week - not only did the sun shine for
about 15 minutes on Wednesday, but we also won a
Barclays Green Leaders In Business Award. The awards were
designed for British businesses to demonstrate how they are
addressing the global environmental challenges we all face through
the use of new processes, technology, products and services.
We really liked the philosophy behind these awards as it was
about proving that sustainability and being a successful,
competitive business can go hand in hand. Becoming a sustainable
business is something that we passionately believe in and all of us
are committed to delivering our sustainability
We know that there isn't always a perfect solution but there is
definitely always a better one and we’re not afraid to work hard
to achieve our goals. As the old saying goes, if at first you
don’t succeed – keep trying until you do. It's been a really
busy year on sustainability for us so far. We've been working
- Getting our pineapples from Rainforest Alliance
certified farms - The first pineapple farms in Latin America were
certified at the end of 2007, and we took the first delivery of
certified pineapple earlier this year.
- Rolling out our own set of minimum standards for sustainability
with our suppliers which cover all relevant social and
- Introducing a brand new label for our bottles made from 25%
recycled paper and 75% paper from forests that have been certified
by the Forest Stewardship
- Reducing the amount of paper used in our kids’ wedges and 1L
carton by 10%.
- Introducing key performance indicators for all our production,
packaging and logistics suppliers to drive forward continuous
improvements in the areas of energy, water and waste.
- Whilst we’re immensely proud of the work we’ve achieved so
far, we know we have a long way to go, and the journey never really
Sustainability is always a process of constant improvement to
ensure that we are running the business in the best way possible
and that we make the most responsible choices as we grow. Every day
we are looking for new ways to become a more sustainable business
and encouraging our suppliers to do the same. Our plans going
forward are to make the step change from ‘greening’ our current
business model to what we are calling ‘advanced sustainability’
(until we think of a catchier term). Basically, we want to
challenge everything about our business to make sure we’re doing
everything that bit better.
In terms of this award, we were up against some pretty tough
competition so we are extremely chuffed that we won. A big thanks
to the judging panel for picking us as a winner, to our suppliers
for working towards our sustainability goals with us, and to
works at innocent for doing their little bit.
Right, where's the cheese?