Sustainability is about managing not only the financial but also the social and environmental impact of a business.
Leon is proud to be a founding member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association. The association exists to help restaurants become more sustainable in the way they source their ingredients, engage with their local community and manage their impact on the environment. The restaurant industry has a huge impact on the food chain - restaurants account for almost half of what the British spend on food and if we behave more sustainably, this will eventually trickle down through the food production system, with enormous consequences for the way we farm and eat.
In January 2010 Leon was audited by the Sustainable Restaurant Association and awarded a ‘silver mark’. While we are pleased that this recognises some of the work we have done on sustainability, we know we have a long way to go. In particular we are working on three things:
1. Measuring the water we use and conserving it.
2. Increasing our engagement with local communities.
3. Increasing the seasonal elements of our menu.
In addition we have published the result of our audit with some explanatory notes at the bottom of this page. We felt that, although it may leave us open to criticism, it was good to be open. Sustainability is not about being perfect, but about taking constant steps to improve. If you want a copy of the full detail behind the figures below please just ask for one at email@example.com.
One of our aims when we set up Leon was to serve food that we would eat and that we would be happy to feed our children. These are some of the things that we think are important:
The fish in our fish finger wrap is sustainable and from Icelandic shoals – which are also monitored by Waitrose and the John Lewis Partnership. We have also had them checked out by The Sustainable Restaurant Association and they got the thumbs up. If you want more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
All our bespoke packaging is biodegradable and we are working hard on extending our Leon packaging.
At the end of the day
Because we make our food fresh daily, we sometimes have some left overs. If you know of a charity near to any of our restaurants that would like to pick these up, please let Megan know. email@example.com
Our scores for each section are shown in the table below.
We scored well (over 70%) on use of Local ingredients, Fish Stocks, engaging Suppliers to support our sustainability, treatment of our Employees, Health and Safety, responsible Marketing, managing Waste, and managing Resources.
We scored adequately (over 50%) on Organic / Fairtrade / Animal Welfare and Energy usage.
A ‘silver’ score is a great start, but there is always room for improvement. We will keep you updated on our progress.
SUSTAINABILITY AUDIT SCORES IN FULL
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