ESS Wins the Sustainability Award at the Public Sector Catering Awards

08 April 2022

ESS, the Defence, Energy and Government Services sector of Compass Group UK & Ireland, won the Sustainability Award at the recent Public Sector Catering Awards. The award recognised the company’s performance in the following areas:

Traceability, Provenance & Seasonality

  • The processes in place to ensure farm-to-fork traceability for all products
  • A British-first sourcing policy and work underway to increase UK sourcing
  • Integration of in-season products from the UK during menu development

Staff Safety & Development

  • The roll-out of See Care Share which saw the organisation train 5,750+ colleagues in eight-months, delivering the following improvements across the business:
    • Increased internal social media activity relating to HSE
    • 210% increase in proactive interactions: safety walks, hazard observations, near miss reporting
    • 45% reduction in LTI and RIDDOR incidents year-on-year
    • 5% reduction in overall incidents year-on-year

Minimising Environmental Impact

  • How ESS is feeding into Compass Group UK & Ireland’s commitment to reach Climate Net Zero by 2030
  • The company’s approach to increasing plant-forward offers and uptake
  • The Incredible Edible partnership and plans for roll-out
  • Sustainability activity already undertaken at the trial site - RSME Brompton Barracks

Community Support

  • Promoting colleague, customer and client wellbeing through the ESS Wellness Commitment and comprehensive activity programme
  • The roll-out of mental health first aid training across the business
  • Charity and community partnerships, including the principal Armed Forces charities

The team was proud to have also been shortlisted for Contract Caterer of the Year, Health & Nutrition and Innovation.