Simple guidelines to follow
Many initiatives are taken by caterers. Before any event, do not hesitate to contact them about the following points:
- Origin of products: local agricultural products, regional products, fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, short supply chains, knowledge of producers, etc.
- Agricultural production: organic or sustainable agriculture, animal welfare, sustainable fishing, fair trade, etc.
- Sustainable transformation: high-performance buildings, energy-efficient equipment, adoption of eco-friendly practices, reduction in the onerous nature of work, gender equality for women and men, fight against discrimination, employment of apprentices, diversity and disability considerations, etc.
- Social and professional integration: employment and training of marginalized people, integration through activity, partnerships with EA/ESAT, employment of disabled workers, etc.
- Clear and precise communication: origin of products, presence of allergens, nutritional value, eco-friendly commitments, promotion of organic / fair trade / local / seasonal products, etc.
- Fight against waste: adjustment of quantities (food and crockery) according to needs, optimal use of by-products (juices, broths, soups, sauces ...), provision of doggy-bags, selective sorting of leftovers, management of unsold items, donations to local partners, etc.
- Waste reduction and recovery: reusable or recyclable tableware, glasses and containers, implementation of a sorting system, information for collaborators, verification and monitoring of quantities, waste recycling chains, etc.
- Transport optimization: organization of short supply chains, improvement in loading vehicles, ecological means of transport, drivers adopting eco-driving practices, etc.
- Food hygiene and safety: compliance with regulatory requirements, HACCP procedure, product traceability, maintenance of impeccable cleanliness, team training, regular checks, inspections (dishes and kitchens), etc.
In addition, some caterers undertake to obtain labels or certifications:
|Charters, standards, labels||Subject||Evaluation|
|ISO 20121||International standard for event management. It requires the putting in place of an event sustainability management system in the company.||Environment|
|Green Globe||International certification. The structure must fulfil more than 50% of the 380 concrete and sector-specific criteria.||Environment|
|Clef Verte / Green Key||Private label offering a reference system of about one hundred criteria. Present in 57 countries.||Environment||Dossier studied by a judging panel|
|Biorismo||Private label. The only measure 100% dedicated to biodiversity in the tourism and leisure sector, with around one hundred criteria.||Biodiversity||Dossier and online audit|
|Other measures||Not specific to the events sector, so applicable to all: ISO 14001 (environment), ISO 9001 (quality), OHSAS 18001 (Health and Security), Diversity Label (non-discrimination), Global Compact (Social and Market), Label LUCIE (RSE (Corporate social responsibility) initiative), Tourisme Green Impulse (reporting RSE), Tourisme & Handicap (accessibility of buildings, sites and facilities), Imprim’vert (printers), HQE / LEED / BREEAM (efficient buildings)…|
Some guidelines for quality food
Responsible purchasing is a clear sign of the caterers' long-term commitment to sustainability. Here are some reminders on the relevant labels and certifications in an eco-friendly catering offer:
|AB France / Green leaf Europe||Official organic farming labels, guaranteed by independent bodies, concerning environmentally friendly agricultural production methods (without chemicals, synthetic products or GMOs, etc.).|
|Nature et Progrès / Demeter||Private brands of organic and biodynamic agriculture.|
|Biodyvin||Label for wine made from grapes from organic and biodynamic farming.|
|Label rouge / Bleu blanc cœur||Official label and private brand promoting high quality meat.|
|AOP / AOC||‘Appellation d’Origine Protégée / Contrôlée’. Official labels guaranteeing the geographical origin of the product and know-how.|
|MSC / ASC||Marine / Aquaculture Stewardship Council. Sustainable fishing and aquaculture, avoiding overfishing and destructive techniques.|
|Fairtrade Max Havelaar / Bio équitable||Fair trade products, guaranteeing the producer a fair remuneration.|
Examples of products (article in French):
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