KSG Catering has become a fully verified member of Bord Bia’s sustainability programme, Origin Green.
Origin Green is the world’s first national food sustainability programme that enables Irish farmers, producers and food services organisations to achieve measurable sustainability targets. The ultimate goal is to reduce environmental impact, better serve local communities and help protect the country’s natural resources.
As part of the programme, KSG has committed to a sustainability plan for its food and catering services activities covering four key areas, ranging across sourcing and procurement protocols, waste management, health nutrition and wellness and corporate social responsibility.
Among KSG’s recent sustainability initiatives is its operation at One Microsft Place, Microsoft’s state of the art headquarters in Leopardstown, Co. Dublin which opened in February 2018. The company operates seven bespoke restaurant and café concepts onsite, including Cortado Coffee Bar with coffee roasting on site and a supply link to a farmer’s co-op in Columbia.
Another initiative is Ireland’s first plastic free café located at University College Cork, where all single use plastic has been removed from the premises. This follows the introduction of the University Farm initiative in 2016, when KSG again partnered with UCC on sustainability leadership.
Michael Gleeson, Chief Executive of KSG, said: “We have a long-standing awareness of our responsibility to the environment and sustainable operating practices and we are honoured to be part of the Origin Green programme. Sustainability is an increasingly important element of delivering catering services to our clients and we believe we are leading the industry in practices of waste management, sourcing and health and nutrition.”
Tara McCarthy, Chief Executive of Bord Bia, commented: “I am delighted to welcome KSG Catering as a verified member of our Origin Green programme. KSG is focused on sustainability and their activities in the new Microsoft campus in Leopardstown, Dublin and their plastic free café in University College Cork are illustrations of their commitment.”