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Sodexo Live! achieves gold sustainability award at Blackburn Rovers FC

4th Apr 2023 - 06:00
Sodexo Live! has achieved the Green Meetings Gold Award at Blackburn Rover’s Ewood Park stadium where it delivers catering and hospitality services.

The Green Meetings Gold Award is a new standard for sustainability in meeting and events spaces run by Green Tourism. The stadium can be hired for a range of events from small business meetings to large corporate dinners for up to 400 guests. 

Sodexo Live! is committed to delivering ‘excellence in food and dining experiences with a keen focus on sustainability’. This focus is aligned to Green Meetings with its three pillars central to both organisations including caring for people, places and the planet.

Rebecca Kane Burton, chief executive of Sodexo Live! UK&I, said: “Our talented chefs develop innovative menus for all our customers using seasonal and local produce as much as they can. We work closely with the football club to support the local community from food bank drives through to fundraising.

“Achieving gold standard reinforces our commitment to delivering memorable experiences, sustainably. We know how important sustainable excellence is for our venue partners, and this accreditation from Green Meetings is a highly credible endorsement, which allows people to book their event at Ewood Park with confidence.”

The Green Meetings’ independent assessors looked at a range of criteria from energy, water and waste through to catering, procurement and travel, as well as awareness, communication and community involvement at Ewood Park.

Blackburn Rovers’ head of operations Lynsey Talbot added: “The club are working on their own sustainability standards in line with the EFL and it is great to see our partners leading the way in regard to the food and beverage operation. Football can be a real driver in sustainability and environmental awareness and it is important that we lead from the front to preserve our clubs and the settings to which they belong for many years to come.”

Written by
Edward Waddell