AF Blakemore is celebrating after three of its responsible business programmes were reaccredited for a second year in the Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards 2016.
Blakemore Fine Foods Producer Growth Scheme, Blakemore Logistics’ Sustainability Programme and the AF Blakemore Education Matters Programme were all successfully reaccredited with a Big Tick in the Enterprise Growth, Sustainable Products and Services and Education categories respectively.
The 2016 Responsible Business Awards, which took place at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham celebrated inspiring examples of businesses that are making a significant difference by taking action to improve their local communities, create more inclusive workplaces and tackle environmental challenges.
Blakemore Fine Foods, which was recognised as national winners at the 2014 Responsible Business Awards received accreditation for the work it has undertaken to support small medium enterprises food and drink producers by giving them a cost effective means to reach retailers through AF Blakemore’s logistics infrastructure.
The Blakemore Logistics Sustainability Programme was recognised for the work undertaken to reduce the environmental impact of both its distribution operation and the retail estate it serves.
Since 2010/11 the division has seen an 11.46% reduction in emissions and a 12.19% reduction in energy usage from 8,070,100 kWh in 2010/11 to 7,086,563 kWh in 2014/15.
Finally, the AF Blakemore’s Education Matters Programme was reaccredited with a Big Tick in acknowledgement of its commitment to supporting schools within its trading area.
Since the programme began in 2008, AF.Blakemore has supported more than 61,000 students across 266 schools involving 1,202 employee volunteers.
Business in the Community chief executive, Stephen Howard, said: “We know that every day businesses contribute towards more resilient communities, stimulate local economies, help to create skilled and healthy workforces and tackle environmental challenges. The companies recognised in the Responsible Business Awards, represent the very best of business. Celebrating their stories helps to raise awareness of business as a powerful force for good.”