The report shows that over the last seven years, the leading contract caterer has reduced its carbon footprint by 59%. A number of initiatives have led to the impressive reduction, including the recycling of Elior’s waste cooking oil via the Bidvest Foodservice zero recycling scheme.

As a result of the scheme, Elior has diverted over 588,000 litres of cooking oil from landfill – enough to fill over 20,000 standard beer kegs. This has led to a saving of 343.14 tonnes of CO2. In addition to Elior’s impressive environmental record, the report also lists a number of wider social achievements including Elior’s partnership with RSA Academy Arrow Vale as part of the Business in the Community programme.

The programme saw Elior improve the skills and outlook of the academy’s food technology students, helping to turn a once failing school into a beacon of academic excellence which received an OFSTED ‘Outstanding’ rating in every category in 2015. 

Director of Marketing & Corporate Communications, Carl Morris, said: “Our CSR strategy is based on three key commitments: being a responsible company, a committed employer and an active partner. Our people understand that these are not abstract concepts, but real commitments that underpin everything we do. 

“Even against the high standards Elior sets itself, the past year has seen some wonderful achievements and it is great to see those honoured in this report. But we know that there is a lot more to be done, and we are determined to make Elior UK an even more responsible and sustainable business in the future.”