Booths supermarket shortlisted in prestigious sustainability awards

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Edwin Booth launching the Booths Fair Milk scheme in January 2014

Edwin Booth launching the Booths Fair Milk scheme in January 2014

North West retailer Booths has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious Responsible Business Awards. Booths is one of a handful of companies competing for national status.

Run by charity Business in the Community (BITC), the Responsible Business Awards is the UK’s longest-running and most respected corporate responsibility awards, championing UK businesses that tackle key social and environmental issues.

Booths is one of only four companies shortlisted in the Samworth Brothers Rural Action Award, which recognises businesses that support rural communities to maintain a vibrant, sustainable and prosperous rural economy for the benefit of future generations.

SIxty three companies have been selected as Award Finalists from the UK and abroad, across the 14 award categories of the scheme.

Stephen Howard, chief executive, Business in the Community, said: “The Responsible Business Awards give much needed visibility to organisations who are putting responsible behaviour at the heart of how they do business.  The finalists are each playing their part to create a fairer society and more sustainable future by bringing to life the practical role that businesses can take to address some of our most pressing issues. We congratulate Booths for being an inspirational example for others to learn from.”

The first initiative of its kind, Booths’ Fair Milk scheme pledges to always pay farmers the highest price in the market for their milk, in order to ensure a sustainable and profitable future for British dairy farmers.

Commenting Mary-Ann Kilby, director, Samworth Brothers and chair of Judges for the award, said: “Simple and brave, this sets the standard for other retailers in support of UK dairy farming.”

Chairman Edwin Booth said: “We are proud to pay farmers more for milk than any other supermarket. Paying the highest market price means family farms are able to keep going, invest in the future and spend more time and money looking after their herds to ensure they produce great quality milk. Booths are committed to supporting rural industry and the Fair Milk scheme makes a real difference to dairy farmers.

“Booths’ Fair Milk scheme is not simply a response to the current farming climate; we made a permanent decision to commit to paying our farmers a fair price. Booths stand by our promise and commit to paying the highest farm gate price for milk in the market.”