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Compass Group Prioritises Sustainable Eating Habits

Compass Group Prioritises Sustainable Eating Habits
23 July 2021

Compass Group, the UK’s largest food and services provider, brought together several climate experts to discuss building a sustainable food system.

As part of their net-zero by 2030 roadmap, Compass Group UK & Ireland is looking to tackle reducing climate emissions through the creation of a sustainable food system.

Hosting an event on Tuesday featuring government representatives, business leaders and academics, Compass Group showcased its low-carbon menus including Lincolnshire cauliflower stalk and leaves, samphire alongside Chalk Stream River Trout with a watercress sauce and roasted Worcestershire beetroot, carrot and sundried tomato, with cherry vinegar dressing.

Robin Mills, MD, Compass Group UK & Ireland said: “As the UK’s largest foodservice business, we take our responsibility to transform the food system seriously and we’re lucky to have great clients, suppliers and partners to help us. This event was a brilliant opportunity to discuss how we can move towards a sustainable food system and how we can achieve that together.”



Picture: a photograph of Dominic Blakemore, Carolyn Ball and Robin Mills (from left to right)  


Net-Zero by 2030


Speakers at the conference included the UK’s Net Zero Business Champion, Andrew Griffith MP; renowned climate academic, Professor Sir Charles Godfray; and Diane Holdorf, Managing Director of Food & Nature for World Business Council for Sustainable Development, who joined by video link from Geneva.

Anna Taylor, Director of the Food Foundation and key adviser for the National Food Strategy also spoke at the event, along with Nicola Weir, Director of World Climate Deloitte; Dr Emma Keller, Head of Sustainability for Nestle; Christina Adane, Co-Chair, Bite Back 2030; and Christian Paynton, Managing Director, United Fresh Consortium

Andrew Griffith MP, said: “Businesses can be global leaders in the fight against climate change and help make a real difference. With the G7 meeting in Cornwall concluded and COP26 just 100 days away, we have a huge opportunity to get this right. But we are nearing our last best chance to save our planet. I’d like to thank Compass Group UK & Ireland for joining the Race to Zero campaign and its leadership in driving the conversation around climate action. We hope that other businesses, small or large, will also join the initiative to help us to achieve our global targets.”


Carbon Free Catering


Diane Holdorf, Managing Director, Food & Nature, World Business Council for Sustainable Development added: “Food plays a really powerful role in human health, productivity, economic growth and the health of our planet. It’s essential to culture and can be a profoundly personal source of creativity and enjoyment. But the food system that we’re all such a part of is also putting huge pressure on health and ecosystems. Nature, equity, nutrition and hunger are hugely important business issues and we are thrilled to see Compass using its scale and influence to help address these challenges.”

Picture: a photograph of some catering trays

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 23 July 2021


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