The Rainforest Alliance, an international non-profit organisation, focused on sustainable farming, forestry and tourism, has named Wetherspoon among those honoured in its 2010 awards.
The award recognises the company’s work with the Rainforest Alliance in making sustainable supply- chain decisions, along with its commitment to improving the environment.
Wetherspoon was one of only seven international organisations and the only one from the UK to be honoured at the awards ceremony in New York.
Its citation reads: “With ongoing sustainability initiatives at its pubs and hotels located throughout the UK, J D Wetherspoon has been quietly demonstrating its commitment to ethical business for some time.
“In 2004, Wetherspoon launched a company- wide recycling initiative and began bringing all of its recycled waste to a national distribution centre.
“In 2009 alone, nearly 5,000 tonnes of cardboard, used cooking oil, plastic packaging, paper and steel were recycled through the initiative.
“The company is also working to reduce its energy consumption by 15% by the end of 2010 and collaborating with suppliers to minimise packaging. “In addition, Wetherspoon has begun adopting responsible sourcing practices and now purchases 100% Rainforest-Alliance-Certified coffee for all of its pubs – a real boon for coffee growing communities, wildlife and the environment.”
Wetherspoon’s chief operating officer, Paul Harbottle, said: “This is a great honour for Wetherspoon and a landmark in the company’s rich history.
“We will continue to support the aims of the Rainforest Alliance as the company grows.”
The Rainforest Alliance’s president, Tensie Whelan, said: “J D Wetherspoon’s commitment to offering only Rainforest-Alliance- Certified coffee at its pubs – resulting in a significant volume of coffee – will greatly benefit the environment, coffee farm workers and their families.”