Branston is pleased to announce its success at the recent Re:fresh awards held on the 10th October 2013 at London’s Intercontinental hotel on Park Lane. The business was rewarded for its ongoing commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with all the environmental, sustainable, initiatives across it sites in Lincolnshire, Ilminster and Perth. As a company, it has led the way in the implementation of measures that now generate 25% of its group electricity.
The Re:fresh award is another affirmation of Branston’s approach to environmental management. In 2008 it was the first company in the food and agriculture sector to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard and this year is was one of the first companies to earn the new Carbon Trust Water Standard.
Further measures, which contributed towards Branston’s success at the award ceremony, include water recycling, thermal imaging surveys, power factor correction and voltage optimization, as well as the extensive use of solar panels.
Vidyanath Gururajan, Branston Projects Director, comments: “We are extremely proud of our green achievements, all of which are part of our ongoing commitment to sustainable business growth. We continue to look forward and lead the food and agriculture sector in looking for innovative ways to reduce resource use and carbon as well as cost.”
The Re:fresh awards are organised by the Fresh Produce Journal and Fresh Produce Consortium and recognise the success and innovation of the industry’s greatest achievers. There was competition in the CSR award category, with finalists including Greenvale, Alan Bartlett and Sons, and G’s Fresh Vegetables.
The judges said: “Branston’s wide range of initiatives is highly impressive, with a real depth and breadth of CSR throughout the company.”
Branston has an extensive environmental management system, which has helped all of its sites achieve ISO 14001 accreditation – a first for potatoes. This is only awarded to companies demonstrating conformance with comprehensive environmental management systems and processes to reduce their impact on the environment wherever possible.