CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
KSG takes responsibility for our impact on society and as a result integrate social and environmental concerns into our mainstream business operations. We incorporate a balanced approach into how we do business across a range of pillars, these include:
Our teams build trust and develop strategic partnerships in local communities to secure long-term sustainability. This includes fundraising and volunteering initiatives with our chosen charity St. Francis Hospice.
We also support some of our own and our client’s local charities such as St. Michael’s House, COPE and Down Syndrome Ireland through employment schemes and volunteering activities.
Being sustainable, considerate to the environment and delivering lasting business practices is a must do for the planet and for all of us. Our approach is unique and diverse, supported and delivered by our Sustainability champions.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENTS OVER 5 YEARS INCLUDE:
10% INCREASE OF PURCHASES FROM KSG'S FARM PRODUCE YOY
REDUCTION OF GENERAL WASTE BY 6% YOY
INCREASE OUR RECYCLING
BY 6% YOY
REDUCE ENERGY USAGE BY 39% OVER 5 YEARS
INCREASE CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS BY 5% YOY
AWARDS & ACCREDITATIONS
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Our association with SRA supports the development and enhancement of sustainable operations. Retaining the 3-star award demonstrates the commitment of our teams in sourcing, society and environment.
KSG’s commitment to sustainability encouraged us to partner with UCC in applying for STARS in the Food and Beverage Purchasing and Sustainable Dining Division. STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance and encompasses long-term sustainability goals. KSG’s Bio café in UCC became the first Café within a higher education institution outside of North America to achieve a gold star rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
KSG have worked in collaboration with Bord Bia in pioneering the Origin Green sustainability accreditation for the food service market and are proud to say as an early adapter that we are a fully verified member. The key focus areas of Origin Green are based on food sourcing, resource efficiency and social sustainability.
Ireland’s first single use plastic free café, UCC’s Bio Green Café, gets international recognition, saves 112,000 disposable items and reduces waste by 95%. When choosing a winner of the Innovation in Waste Resource Products or Services award category, the judging panel singled out the café’s initiative, recognising it as a significant steppingstone to achieving UCC’s commitment to becoming a single use plastic free campus by 2023. UCC’s Bio-Green Café will now be considered for entry into the EU’s European Business Awards for the environment which will take place in Vienna in Autumn 2020.
KSG and Microsoft were the 2019 winner of the “Best Nutrition and Healthy Eating” category. The KeepWell Mark, a workplace wellbeing accreditation from Ibec, helps companies demonstrate their organisation’s commitment to improving the lives of those who work for them. The process includes benchmarking and assessing against recognised standards in workplace health & wellness, safety and wellbeing.