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Doing the right thing

An innovative zero waste project, drip irrigation scheme and a local business mentoring initiative were among the winners in our latest Waitrose Way awards.

Fifteen of our most pioneering suppliers were recognised for going the extra mile to support our core philosophies of Championing British, Treating people fairly, Living well and Treading lightly.

Meat supplier Dalehead and poultry suppliers Moy Park both won across two categories, demonstrating their long-term commitment to building a healthier workplace, partnering with British businesses, and reducing their carbon footprint.

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The 2013 Waitrose Way award winners at Leckford Farm

Celebrating our suppliers

Over 150 Waitrose suppliers entered the second annual competition, with a judging panel of leading independent corporate social responsibility experts and senior Waitrose buyers.

Quentin Clark, Head of Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing, said, “These awards are a fantastic way of celebrating the hard work that our suppliers have been doing to improve the sustainability of their business and ultimately the Waitrose business as a whole.”

The ‘Treading Lightly’ category includes separate Carbon, Waste and Water awards, and a special award for Responsible Development Innovation has been added to recognise the work of building and development suppliers.

The awards ceremony was held at the Waitrose farm shop in Leckford, Hampshire and presented by Waitrose Managing Director Mark Price.

The newly built farm shop on the Leckford estate in Stockbridge was itself built with sustainability in mind, with low energy lighting, a rainwater harvesting system and locally made wooden furniture and fittings installed.


Waitrose Way Award Winners 2013


Category: Championing British

  • Jordans and Ryvita for sourcing 80 per cent of their ingredients from 79 British farmers, all of whom work to ‘Conservation Grade’ standard
  • Dalehead Foods for their focus on long term relationships with British arable farmers in order to ensure crops, animal feed and British pork production remain sustainable.

Category: Living Well

  • Innocent for teaming up with WWF UK to drive a sustainable nutrition campaign and setting up the Innocent Foundation
  • Dalehead Foods for their ‘Equipped for Life’ initiative to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees.

Category: Treating People Fairly

  • Café Direct for reinvesting 50 per cent of its profits to its Producer Partnership Programme, which has enabled 91 projects over the last three years
  • Walker and Son Bakery for its exemplary outreach work into the local community, working with schools, disadvantaged young people and charities.

Category: Treading Lightly

Carbon

  • Uniliver for their compressed versions of aerosol deodorant cans, reducing the carbon footprint by 25 per cent
  • Moy Park for making an energy saving of 11,200 CO2e and £2m in 2012 compared to 2011
  • Edge Lighting Services Ltd for developing LED lighting for Waitrose branches, resulting in a 42 per cent reduction in energy consumption.

Waste

  • The Fresh Olive Company for working to divert 100 per cent of their waste from landfill
  • Moy Park for diverting over 96 per cent of waste from landfill across all UK processing sites, with the long term aim of diverting 100 per cent of waste
  • F & R Cawley Ltd for enabling Waitrose to achieve its target to send zero food waste to landfill.

Water

  • Produce World for pioneering the use of drip irrigation in the UK, reducing their water use by 40-50 per cent
  • Emerson Retail Solutions UK for using a unique mesh and water spray system to improve the performance of Waitrose air cooled chillers, dry coolers and refrigeration plant.

Special Award: Responsible development innovation

  • Carter Retail Equipment Ltd for developing an innovative, low carbon refrigeration system, reducing carbon emissions by 32 per cent with an  an energy saving of 16 per cent in a year.

This award is a great example of our supply chain working collaboratively with us to achieve our aspiration to design, operate and manage our estate so that it meets the needs of our customers, Partners and the wider community, and has minimal impact on the environment during construction, operation and disposal.

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