The government is committed to ensuring that the sustainable procurement of food in the public sector eventually meets the British standards of production, or their equivalent.
The government buying standards (GBS) for food and catering services are a part of the government’s transparency agenda and departments are required to report on the level of compliance for each GBS criteria as part of an ongoing performance management reporting.
Government departments, including the Home Office, have agreed to comply with the sustainability standards that were developed to enable government to set a good example on sustainable procurement.
As well as sustainable sourcing of food ingredients, GBS for food also has standards on nutrition (including reducing unhealthy levels of salt, sugar and saturated fat) and operations (in particular, on reducing and managing waste more effectively).
The Home Office has endeavoured to ensure that the reports provided by our facilities manangement contractors have taken account of the level of compliance for the GBS criteria. The reports cover Home Office catering facilities at various sites, including 2 Marsham Street, the Home Office headquarters in London (run by ETDE contractors). The other facilities manangement contractors are:
- Amey, who run sites at Bramshill (Hampshire), Hendon and Lunar House (Croydon)
- Interserve, who run sites at NPIA Ryton, NPIA Harperley Hall (Durham), NPIA Harrogate, Smedley Hydro (Southport) and Vulcan House (Sheffield)
Date: Wed Mar 21 14:44:40 GMT 2012
Reporting on the compliance of the Home Office’s food and catering suppliers with the government buying standards for food and catering services.
Report from ETDE, the food and catering suppliers at Home Office headquarters, on their compliance with the government buying standards for food and catering services.