OCS is taking action to stop food waste.
Our business has joined the likes of Tesco, Sainsbury's and Nestle to sign up to the government's Step up to the Plate Pledge and will be working with colleagues, customers, service users and suppliers to make a difference to reduce food waste and its impact on the environment.
In the UK, 10 million tonnes of food and drink are thrown away every year, with businesses squandering an estimated £5 billion and £15 billion wasted from our homes (on average about £500 a year).
As part of our commitment, OCS has set an ambitious food waste reduction target and will report on progress and prioritise action. We will also be taking part in a week of action in November aimed at reducing waste among our customers and at home. And as an individual signatory, OCS Head of Catering Paul Cowie (pictured) has promised to spread the message and inspire others, becoming a Food Value Champion.
OCS has been at the forefront of reducing waste since 2015, and last year, we were one of the first UK businesses to adopt the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap. All food business that sign the Step up to the Plate Pledge are being asked to adopt this roadmap and commit to the milestones laid out by IGD and WRAP to tackle food waste in the UK.
Paul Cowie, Head of Catering, OCS UK, Ireland and Middle East, says: "Since 2015, we have been targeting food waste within OCS, through training and measurement to reduce, and we were founding signatories to the Courtauld 2025 Hospitality and Food Service agreement to reduce food waste.
"I am proud to sign the pledge on behalf of OCS, and also on a personal level. We can all target food waste and its impact on our environment by making small changes. The week of action in November will see OCS customers and colleagues being given practical tips about buying only what we need, and eating what we buy, and how to cook delicious meals with food that would potentially go to waste."