People’s wellbeing and the health of our planet rely on food choices that respect planetary boundaries and human rights. Sustainable catering is about selecting and engaging with catering suppliers to promote good practice and support more responsible food choices. It seeks to respond to a growing awareness of the environmental and health impacts of our diets and the need to procure and handle food responsibly whilst achieving best value for money.
The Office of the Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations has a duty to support the adoption of sustainable policies and practices across the public sector. During 2019-2020 it was approached by the Sustainable Gibraltar Food Working Group who were seeking a commitment to sustainable catering practices across government. Under the guidance of the Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change a sustainable development catering policy was developed. Research was undertaken into institutional policy and practices around the world as well as consultations which informed the policy document which has since been adopted by HMGOG.
Food served during official meetings and functions as well as government supported events will be subject to the commitments outlined in this document. This policy identifies what it understands by sustainable catering and the Government’s sustainability commitments as they apply to the procurement of food and food services. It follows best practice in the area of sustainable catering.
Through this policy, the Government acknowledges the leadership role it can play in driving change for sustainability across the public service, business and local community.