Procurement firm heads green sourcing initiative

Procurement specialist Acquire Services has released details of a new initiative called Green10, which has been developed to help foodservice businesses develop and monitor their responsible sourcing goals.

Green10 involves every aspect of the supply chain and product selection. In consultation with its clients and operational staff, Acquire has identified and defined ‘10 Pillars of Responsibility’.

The pillars may be singled out or used in any combination to reflect an individual food service organisation’s buying strategy and help measure progress in meeting any targets set to bring about improvement.

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The pillars are largely related to food supply, but also include packaging and food waste.

Ed Bevan, commercial director at Acquire, says that many foodservice providers have struggled with the responsible buying/green agenda for a while now, but insists clients and customers are getting tired of hollow words and unsubstantiated promises.

“Sourcing goods and services responsibly has become increasingly important to the organisations we work for, their clients and most importantly their customers, but no two food service organisations are the same,” he said.

“Their buying profiles, their food offers and, above all, their customers will be diverse. So, we have developed a flexible framework that will give any operator the opportunity to re-shape their buying activity — whatever their interpretation of the green agenda might be.”

Alongside each pillar, Green10 has defined the metric by which operational and financial performance may be measured. “By establishing a start/base position, organisations embracing this initiative are able to accurately measure their progress against the goals they have agreed within their business,” said Bevan.

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