BII launches new sustainability initiative

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Driving change: BII launches new award recognising sustainable practices in pubs
Driving change: BII launches new award recognising sustainable practices in pubs

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The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has announced the launch of a new award recognising pubs driving sustainable change.

Sponsored by Sky Business, the BII’s Sustainability Champion Award will be presented to deserving pubs and teams that have demonstrated “exceptional” leadership, innovation and dedication to implementing sustainable practices.

BII CEO Steve Alton said: "We are excited to launch the BII Sustainability Champion Award, which showcases our commitment to promoting sustainability within the pub sector.

"This award will not only acknowledge the remarkable efforts of pub professionals in driving sustainable change but also inspire others to adopt environmentally conscious practices, critically reducing costs and waste whilst contributing to a greener future.

Positive impact 

“Unlike other platforms, the Sustainability ​Champion Award will not seek to find an ultimate winner, instead recognising all pubs that are demonstrating their commitment to a sustainable future.”

The new award aims to commemorate the “remarkable achievements of individuals and teams that go above and beyond to make a positive impact”.

Initiatives related to energy conservation, waste reduction, responsible sourcing and community engagement are among the practices considered for the accreditation.

Nominations for the Sustainability Champion Award are open now, with pub teams from across the sector invited to showcase their sustainability achievements.

Sustainable future 

More information regarding the award, including eligibility criteria and the application process, can be found on the Sustainability Champion page on the industry body’s website.

This comes as last week saw Joe Buckley and Flo Pearce from the Tollemache Arms in Harrington, Northampton, crowned winners of the BII Licensee of the Year 2023​.

Alton added: “We were delighted to announce the first six recipients of the award in our Licensee of the Year Award Winners at our Summer Event on Tuesday 20th June at the beautiful HAC Royal Artillery Gardens.

“Their excellence spans every area of their businesses, including building towards a more sustainable future and the part that pubs can play in that.”

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