Our Norse Way strategy contains a commitment to supporting local suppliers and small and medium sized businesses.
Our school meals service in Norfolk buys 87% of its meat, fruit and vegetables from within East Anglia and all poultry, pork and beef we use within our catering service is traceable right back to the farm and is Red Tractor assured.
Norse Commercial Services is driving its divisions to ensure that timber is procured from sustainable sources. We encourage our tender processes to include weighted scoring for quality, corporate responsibility and Health & Safety, ensuring we work with suppliers that share our values. That way, we use controlled purchasing to benefit the local community and environment.
The company is running a number of initiatives around the country to reduce waste. A move in Devon to encourage staff to buy reusable cups at civic sites in exchange for a discount on hot drinks has saved at least 21,000 cups going to landfill.
We have made a number of environmental changes to our shop and restaurant at County Hall in Norwich, replacing all plastic bottles with can or glass bottle alternatives and ending the use of plastic sauce sachets, serving sauce in small paper pots instead. We also now serve a number of savoury snacks and cakes ‘naked’ instead of being wrapped in plastic.
Our schools in Devon are required to keep a daily record of food waste, an initiative which has achieved a 13% reduction in food waste in a year. In Norfolk, we are eliminating the use of straws within our primary schools, and we have launched a ‘Bring Your Own Lunchbox’ at our catering outlets where customers receive 10p off their meal if they use their own lunchbox instead of a cardboard takeaway box.
We have a long history of working constructively with small and medium sized businesses and are building on the many positive local proactive initiatives which already exist and exploring how we can work better together in future. We always try to fix terms of payment with our suppliers in advance and abide by the agreed terms of payment.