Oxford’s business school achieves award for sustainable food

The Saïd Business School becomes the first business school in the UK to achieve the Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark

Raising standards of food served outside the home, the Catering Mark is an independent verification that caterers are providing more fresh, nutritious, environmentally sustainable, British, quality meals.

Mat Davies, Oxford Saïd Estate Director, said: “We are training our students to become responsible business leaders and it’s important for this approach to run through the whole of our ethos – including the site and the food. The business school has a huge international reach with over 50 nationalities in each year group; we have to be able to cater for them and their specific dietary needs. The Catering Mark gives assurance that our food is freshly cooked, and locally sourced where possible. Food miles and sustainable production are important to our students and we display clear food provenance information about our suppliers.”

Working closely with their caterers and suppliers, Saïd has ensured local sourcing is top of the agenda. Sustainability is a focus of the university and the whole site speaks of renewables, from free energy available to students and staff to the seasonal menus on offer. For many of the students good food is the norm; postgraduate courses attract a different calibre of people who expect fresh, reliable, local food.  

The Catering Mark is available to all businesses and encourages caterers to take steps towards producing more good food that is free from GM, trans fats and controversial additives. Through a bronze, silver and gold framework it supports and rewards caterers for serving more assured food like LEAF, Fairtrade, RSPCA and organic. 

To find out more about the Food for Life Catering Mark go to: www.sacert.org/catering

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