How did you become an expert in environmental management and sustainability?
My career began in administration, quickly progressing into management before I was offered the role of group environmental officer in the food industry. I have been a specialist in environmental management and sustainability for many years now and am a practitioner member of IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment) and GACSO (Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Professionals) as well as a qualified lead auditor for environmental management systems and have a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Studies. All of these have helped build my knowledge and understanding within my subject area and fuel my passion to make a difference.
What has been the most interesting project you have worked on while at Samworth Brothers?
Samworth Brothers is committed to responsible sourcing and I have been working with our purchasing, personnel and technical teams to further strengthen our approach on responsible sourcing. As a responsible business we are commited to identifying, and, where possible, eradicating any environmental and human rights risks. We source raw materials froma global supply chain so it is very important to us that we continue to develop our global sourcing strategy.
What interesting facts about environmental management and sustainability can you tell us?
There is a World Environment Day every year on June 5th and this year our businesses got involved by holding up-cycling competitions, scarecrow building from recycled materials, car sharing and encouraging staff to commit to one change for one month.
If food loss and waste were its own country it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions, behind China and the USA.
Can you talk about any forthcoming projects you will be involved in?
I am currently working on food waste reduction. With our long standing local food surplus redistribution partners we are undertaking some work on increasing the recovery of surplus edible foods from our production sites. Early indications are exciting.