Partnership approach wins top green award
Wetherspoon, in partnership with DHL, has been recognised for its commitment to the environment, with a green award.
Wetherspoon, together with DHL Daventry Supply Chain, has won the Logistics and Supply Chain Green Initiative Award, at the Drinks Business Green Awards 2013.
The fourth annual awards, run by the Drinks Business, Europe’s leading drinks trade publication, were announced at The Ivy restaurant in London.
The competition recognises companies which demonstrate a thorough and imaginative commitment to sustainability.
In 2004, Wetherspoon partnered with DHL to deliver ambient, fresh and frozen produce from its national distribution centre.
Over the last 12 months, that partnership has invested in numerous initiatives to reduce the fleet’s carbon footprint and supply-chain environmental impacts. The awards’ judges were particularly inspired by the joint 2012 project.
In addition to technical solutions and staff training, aimed at raising awareness of energy-saving measures, Wetherspoon and DHL have established a ‘Go WEST’ team. This scheme enables employees to get behind wider initiatives, such as Climate Week, World Environment Day and environmental charities.
With promising reductions achieved within the first year of this scheme, it offers a model for others that the green challenge can sometimes be tackled more effectively as part of a team.
Graham Simpson, Wetherspoon’s distribution manager, said: “The award recognises all of the fantastic efforts which we have made in the last 12 months.
“Those initiatives have included increasing our recycling tonnage sent back to the company’s national distribution centre in Daventry from the pubs and implementing a vehicle telematics system on our Daventry fleet, to increase fuel efficiency.
“Responsible sourcing of products was also a key element, with Wetherspoon reviewing its supply chain to ensure that food is from a sustainable and responsible source.
“This includes British free-range eggs, British beef, dolphin-friendly tuna, sustainably sourced cod and haddock and Rainforest-Alliance-certified tea and coffee.
“Measures such as these have dramatically reduced our impact on the environment – and the judges were particularly impressed with our long-term commitment to have a sustainable supply chain in partnership with DHL Daventry.”
Pictured (left to right): Graham Simpson (Wetherspoon distribution manager), Ria Harris (recycling manager, Daventry national distribution centre) and Nick Tretis (general manager, national distribution centre).