Other procurement initiatives

Campaign for Better Hospital Food

The Campaign represents a coalition of organisations calling on the Westminster Government to introduce mandatory nutritional, environmental and ethical standards for food served to patients in NHS hospitals in England. Find out how much hospital Trusts in your local area spend on hospital food, as well as how popular their meals are with patients and how much food they waste here


Compassion in World Farming

Compassion’s Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards can be adopted by public sector organisations including the flagship Good Egg Award, which rewards the use of cage-free eggs to benefit the lives of laying hens. Other awards available are the Good Dairy, Good Chicken and Good Pig Awards. There is no charge attached to the awards. For more information and support in getting your local caterers to apply for these awards, please contact Hayley.Roberts@ciwf.org.uk.

Food for Life Catering Mark

The Food for Life Catering Mark provides an achievable framework for food providers who wish to improve the food they serve. The Bronze, Silver and Gold Standards reflect best practice in healthy and sustainable catering, providing an independent endorsement that caterers are using fresh ingredients which are free from harmful additives and trans fats, better for animal welfare, and comply with national nutrition standards. Caterers across a number of settings - including schools, hospitals, care homes, workplaces, universities, nurseries and other venues - are using the Catering Mark award to set clear goals for improving food on the plate, and to shout about their achievements. The Soil Association is offering a free consultation meeting to Sustainable Food Cities Network members. This can be suited to your requirements: focusing on supply chain support/ technical support/ a detailed look at your food provision/ marketing and communications/ delivery of a policy-focused presentation for staff / or scoping of a longer-term approach to improve the food across multiple settings in your area. Contact your local Catering Mark coordinator for more information.


By procuring Fairtrade products, organisations support farmers and workers in developing countries to secure a better deal from trade, and use this to improve their working conditions, farming practices, local communities and long term sustainability. Local authorities and other bodies are increasingly procuring Fairtrade products as part of public contracts in response to citizens’ demand for Fairtrade and their own responsible sourcing policies.

To find out more about why and how to incorporate fair trade into public purchasing or how you can engage with cross-community Fairtrade Towns networks of individuals and organisations in your area visit their website or contact Fairtrade Communities Campaigns Manager Adam Gardner - adam.gardner@fairtrade.org.uk


Marine Stewardship Council

The Marine Stewardship Council sets the international standard for sustainable fishing. Products bearing the blue MSC eco-label are guaranteed to be from a sustainable, well managed fishery. Caterers can use the blue MSC eco-label on the menu once they have a Chain of Custody traceability certificate. We are able to offer independent restaurants that are members of your food partnership, or part of one of your sub groups, a 15% discount if they get MSC certification through the ROC Group. See here for more information.

Sustainable Restaurant Association

The SRA is a not-for-profit membership organisation helping restaurants source food more sustainably, manage resources more efficiently and work more closely with their community. They also help diners to identify restaurants doing the right thing. The SRA are pleased to offer the Sustainable Food City network a 15% discount on membership for independent restaurants. So if you have any independent restaurants who are members of your partnership, part of one of your sub groups or interested in being part of your local partnership, please let them know of this offer. Please contact Vanessa@thesra.org for more information, or see the SRA's website.


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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