CSR Policy

Introduction

We, The Admirable Crichton Group, are an Events planning and catering company. The prosperity of our business and of the communities within which we operate requires a commitment to the sustainable management of our activities. We have therefore developed a policy that affects and enhances all areas of our business, namely People, customers, suppliers, staff, and any third party advisors that are relevant to how the business operates and will be impacted by corporate social responsibility. We wish to adopt and commit to the principles and practices set out below.

Staff/People

We are committed to the well-being and continual development of our people and to training our workforce, where employees are appreciated, valued and given regular feedback so that each employee has a clear understanding of their role and how they contribute to the business.
We operate a meritocracy, where all employees are recognised and rewarded on the basis of their performance, effort, contribution and achievements.
We expect our employees to act with integrity towards one another and exercise a high standard of business practice and workmanship.
We support diversity, fairness and equal opportunities and aim to involve and consult regularly with employees as to the direction of the business.
We support a greater family balance – something much needed in our industry by allowing flexible working, working from home and working remotely for those wishing to return to work after having children but cannot commit to coming into the office.

Customers

We aim to build long term relationships with all our customers and other stakeholders by understandingtheir objectives as they evolve over time and meeting their needs.
We aim to give fair value, consistent quality and reliability.
We aim to have the highest professional and ethical standards and will be honest, open and transparent in all our dealings with customers.

Suppliers and Ethical Sourcing

We aim to create and maintain strong relationships with key suppliers and contractors and to select suppliers that share our ethos in relation to employment practices, quality and environmental controls. Meat – is fully traceable and sourced exclusively from the British Isles from Red Tractor approved farms and suppliers. The unique barcode system created by our supplier enables full information on birth, rearing and farming for each cut of meat.

Fish – is sourced from Britain’s coastal waters or responsibly farmed. We will not offer produce from limited stocks and carefully select suppliers who will not source produce using practices that will cause harm to local stocks or the environment.

Poultry and Eggs – All poultry is free range and from British farms. All eggs are free range from uncaged hens (although in line with current government legislation hens are being housed in barns) and we are proud to have signed the Sustain Pledge.

The Admirable Crichton Group – Corporate Responsibility Statement 2018 Fruit and Vegetables – Micro herbs and leaves are sourced from Underground in Clapham where produce is grown hydroponically in pesticide free environments unaffected by environmental conditions. All other fruit and vegetables are sourced from British suppliers at New Covent Garden Market. We use heritage varieties where possible to support the sustenance of indigenous British produce.

Allergens

We offer a range of vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy free, halal and kosher sympathetic options and have comprehensive allergen information available through the planning and execution process.

Health & Safety

We aim to achieve and maintain the highest standards of health and safety and provide a safe and healthy working environment for all our activities.
We have a current and effective written health and safety policy that is regularly reviewed and updated.

The Community

We recognise and understand the significance of the local community within which we operate. We aim toenhance our contribution to the community by being sensitive to the needs of local people and groups and promoting ethical and socially responsible trading. We will always consider approaches for support from charities/non-profit organisations within our community. We look to employ casual support staff from the local area.

Investing in the Future

We actively encourage internship programmes and have offered full time employment to our interns from 2014-5 and 2016.

Environment

We have implemented an environmental policy appropriate to our business. We are aware of our environmental impact as a business and have taken and continue to take appropriate steps to mitigate that impact, including setting environmental objectives and targets, implementing procedures and providing training so employees and contractors understand their environmental responsibilities and can seek to improve our environmental performance. This is structured around the core principles of reduce, re-useand re-cycle.

Reduce

  • Our suppliers requested to deliver our produce in minimal packaging

  • Select suppliers who source their produce from within the UK and as far as possible from within the south of the UK to reduce food miles

  • All menus are seasonal to reduce food miles

  • Staff lunch made from left over food (saved and prepared within health and safety guidelines)

  • All vehicles meet the clean emissions regulations – ones that would have failed in 12 months time have been replaced

  • Staff use public transport for meetings and events

  • Staff use filter water bottles and drink tap water rather than having a water cooler installed

  • Turn off lights, computers and heating when leaving the office

  • Print on both sides of the paper

  • Paper quotes are no longer sent unless specifically requested

  • We no longer produce printed marketing brochures

  • Remove names from mailing lists to stop receiving unwanted brochures

  • Washable cloths to replace blue paper roll where possible

  • Re-sealable containers to be used rather than cling wrap where possible

  • We have introduced of bio-degradable straws and no longer use the ones that cannot be re-cycled

  • We have committed to offsetting our fuel emissions by enrolling in a scheme operated by All Star Fuel Ecopoint. This is achieved through the purchasing of carbon credits based data capture of our carbon emissions from the fuel card. These credits are then invested in projects such as woodland creation – and this enables us to compensate for our emissions and meet our carbon reduction goals.

  • We are working with a partner supplier to offer clients the opportunity to offset the carbon emissions from their events.

Re-use

  • Old design items that are no longer being used for events are donated to charity

  • China plates and cutlery are now provided and washed rather than disposables being used

  • Old paper scraps to be used for notepads

  • All flowers from our events are delivered to Floral Angels who make them into bouquets and arrangements for local hospices, retirement homes etc.

Re-cycle

  • Re-cycled products are selected where possible

  • All paper, cardboard, plastics, aluminium, tin and glass is recycled

  • Water bottles used at events are all recyclable and we separate paper and plastic on site for re-cycling.

  • All food waste is removed and taken to a farm where it is subject to composting and anaerobic digestion where it is used to fertilize vegetables and other farm grown produce.

  • Cooking oil is professionally removed from site and re-cycled into bio fuel

  • Toner cartridges are re-cycled

  • Batteries are recycled through a local network