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Bidvest Foodservice Doubles Community Engagement Outreach Programme

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Bidvest Foodservice Doubles Community Engagement Outreach Programme

Bidvest Foodservice Doubles Community Engagement Outreach Programme
September 22
08:13 2016

Bidvest Foodservice has doubled its community engagement outreach programme in the 12 months, spending over 5,000 hours supporting more than 1,200 charity events and groups.

The latest figures form part of the foodservice supplier’s annual sustainability report, which launches this year on 22nd September. Helping to drive sustainable change across hospitality, the report highlights the extent of the supplier’s community engagement, responsible consumption and ethical business practices.

One Water: Making a splash for global communities

Bidvest Foodservice’s partnership with One Water – the ethical bottled water brand that specialises in funding sustainable water projects in some of the world’s poorest countries – was a key part of its community engagement programme in 2016. Participating in The One Foundation Customer Insights incentive, the company achieved 136% sales increase and has raised over £130,000 to help fund One Foundation projects since 2007.

The funds have enabled the construction of 15 new water pumps in Malawi and Lesotho, along with the formation, training and provision of tools to 15 local groups to ensure these are maintained. The organisation has also rehabilitated 20 non-functional water pumps in vulnerable rural communities, along with funding training for villagers to provide the knowledge and skills for ongoing maintenance.

Earlier this year, five employees visited Malawi to see first-hand the projects that the One Foundation has helped to fund.

Speaking about the partnership, Shirley Duncalf, Head of Sustainability at Bidvest Foodservice, said: ‘Health and wellbeing, responsible consumption, ethical practices, sustainable communities and the desire to establish strong, meaningful partnerships are the foundation of our Sustainability Plan. Our work with One Water aligns perfectly with all of these goals.’

Separately, two Bidvest Scotland employees took part in a charity trek to Peru in March, raising funds for Springboard in the UK and supporting remote villages to install solar panels for the village school. Meanwhile, a number of other employees also completed the Three Peaks challenge, and the company itself organised supplier golf days and sponsored awards run by the charity.

Visit www.plate2planet.co.uk/about/bidvest-sustainability-reporting/ to access Bidvest Foodservice’s annual Sustainability Report.

 

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