Supply chain tweaks provide boost for Brakes

Improved supply chain practices and reduced carbon emissions have helped the Kent-based Brakes Group to achieve the highest standard possible in the 2012 Corporate Responsibility Index (CRI).

Brakes Group — a major supplier of food service products and owner of Brakes Catering Equipment in Leeds — achieved Gold in the Index, which is run by not-for-profit organisation Business in the Community (BITC).

The index is designed to provide a way for companies to transparently improve their social and environmental performance.

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Achieving Gold means that Brakes is able to demonstrate openness and transparency through effective public reporting of its material environmental and social issues, programmes and performance.

Over the past year the company has reduced road miles and CO2 emissions — including using rail to replace deliveries by road between the Midlands and Scotland — and introduced Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles.

It has also embarked on collaborative work to reduce empty return journeys on primary delivery vehicles running across the UK distribution network in partnership with other transport companies.

Ian Goldsmith, group COO at Brakes Group, said: “This result is testament to the work we have employed throughout our business by implementing our robust CSER strategy and making it part of our corporate DNA and involving teams in every function, at every level throughout our business.”

Achieving Gold status puts Brakes Group alongside renowned businesses such as Barclays, Camelot Group, Manchester Airport and Serco Group.

Brakes has a turnover of £2.6bn a year from business it does in the UK, Ireland, France and Sweden, and employs over 10,000 people.

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