Ethics and sustainability

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Hospitality Services strives to offer well-balanced, healthy and sustainable catering. Our food is procured and produced in ways that avoids damaging the planet, enhances animal welfare and provides social benefits.

Download a copy of the current Bristol University’s Catering Ethical and Sustainability Policy (PDF, 569KB).

Food for life

Achieving the Food for Life Catering Mark for two successive years demonstrates our commitment to sustainability. The accreditation from the Soil Association acknowledges we continually take steps to improve the food we serves by using fresh ingredients that are free from undesirable additives and GM. That it is organically and locally sourced where possible, and shows a real awareness of animal welfare issues.

We aim to achieve this across our residences, which are regularly audited by the Soil Association to ensure they meet their high standards. We can therefore reassure our customers that meals are freshly prepared using environmentally sustainable and seasonal ingredients.

Locally sourced

We aim to support local businesses wherever possible and use local suppliers for a large range of products including our fruit and vegetables, dairy, bakery and meat. Using seasonal produce helps to keep our prices reasonable.

Through our partnership with the Bristol Community Farm students can order Veg Boxes to their University residences.

Commitment to animal welfare

Our Catering Department received the Good Egg Award from Compassion in World Farming, an organisation promoting higher welfare for farm animals. The award recognises commitment and action to improve the lives of laying hens.

The Red Tractor is the minimum standard applied to our meat and we try to ensure all fresh chicken and pork is of Freedom Meat standard.

Environmental impact

Green Impact is an environmental accreditation scheme empowering staff to take an active role in reducing their environmental impact. All six Hospitality Services’ kitchens achieved Gold in 2014. Steps we have taken to minimise our impact on the environment include:

Keeping trade fair

The University of Bristol is an accredited Fairtrade University. In the 2014 South West Fairtrade Business Awards we were awarded Fairtrade University status. Our Source Café @ the Hub was awarded Fairtrade Retail Outlet in the South West. We are committed to Fairtrade in our procurement policy with all our coffee and tea Fairtrade, as well as a large range of additional products such as sugar, biscuits, chocolate and bananas.

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