The Office Coffee Company has further demonstrated its commitment to sustainability with its fourth annual certification from Planet First.
The Planet Mark is awarded by Planet First in partnership with the Eden Project. The certification recognises businesses that have measured, are actively reducing their carbon footprint, and which have a long-term strategy to become a sustainable company.
In 2014 the Office Coffee Company achieved a 38% reduction per £ turnover, compared to 2013.
This has been achieved through a number of initiatives, including:
• Using sustainable suppliers, including office energy from Good Energy (100% renewable energy)
• For online sales, switching to DPD parcel delivery services, who reduce their carbon footprint through their Total Zero programme
• Changing product packaging to 80% recycled content, all of which is 100% recyclable
The Office Coffee Company also offer a free carbon assessment for all customers – highlighting the environmental benefits of switching to Cool Earth Coffee. In 2014 customers of the Office Coffee Company saved more than 24,000 trees and 26,000 tonnes of CO2, by drinking 178,000 cups of sustainably sourced coffee from Cool Earth.
Steve Malkin, CEO of Planet First commented, ‘The Office Coffee Company is a great example of how an organisation can integrate sustainability into every part of the business, from the products to the supply chain, to the everyday. Achieving The Planet Mark for four years demonstrates the Office Coffee Company’s continual commitment to improving sustainability. Where better to buy coffee from than from a company that provides coffee grown in areas of the Amazon rainforest that are protected from deforestation by funding from Cool Earth.’
Richard Doherty, Managing Director of the Office Coffee Company adds “We are delighted to receive recognition once again for our efforts. Sustainability is not just about the products we sell, but the ethos behind how we run our business.”
The Office Coffee Company has also recently been announced finalist for Sustainable Business of the Year in the 2015 Environment and Energy Awards. Winners will be announced on 22nd April 2015.
Notes to Editor:
About the Office Coffee Company
The Office Coffee Company was established in 2011 to bring great-tasting, ethically sourced coffee to UK businesses. It provides ethical, fresh and affordable products that enable businesses to treat their staff and clients to great-tasting coffee in the workplace, whilst making a positive contribution to the planet. For more information, visit www.office-coffee.co.uk.
About The Planet Mark
The Planet Mark is a trusted international mark of sustainability for businesses, property developments and products, helping organisations to improve their environmental, economic and social performance.
Businesses which achieve The Planet Mark commit to improve their environmental, social and related economic performance on an annual basis.
Each organisation that signs up automatically supports the work of the Eden Project with 10% of fees going to the Eden Trust for sustainability education projects.
Planet First delivers The Planet Mark certification with ongoing support for each client, to help measure and monitor their performance and encourage employees, customers and stakeholders into sustainable action.
Wherever you see The Planet Mark you can be assured of: Positive action to improve environmental, social and economic performance, integrated sustainability reporting in line with current legislation and protocols, engagement with employees, stakeholders, local and global community projects.
Working together we help to drive business growth, build engagement with employees and stakeholders and create positive environmental and social change.
The Planet Mark certification for businesses includes a suite of tools to support and communicate their sustainability programme. These include: Access to an online platform to measure and report on the organisation’s carbon footprint and social performance, detailed improvement plan and staff engagement options, an investment into the Eden Project and a marketing and communications package.
Luan Wise, Marketing Consultant
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