Sustainability Consultancy & Going Green

Going green is no longer an alternative option. It’s essential.

Unless you have a coherent green strategy, your development plans will run into opposition on a local and national level, and your customers will vote against all your development plans. Especially the younger generation, who are vital to the future of your business.

Carla McKenzie is passionate on the subject:

The economy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the environment. With unstable economies at home and abroad, it’s easy to be distracted by short-term financial pressures. But here and now, local and national governments are planning increasingly aggressive environmental legislation.

At exactly the same time, customers are making major changes in their lifestyles, and their choice of food is one of the most obvious aspects of this change.

Catering operations are caught in the middle of both these movements. We need to be ready. But better still, we could be ahead: pioneering, innovating and taking the lead over the competition.

At MYA, we’re keen to help organisations develop their green plan to ensure it is both responsible and accepted. Having worked closely with many organisations, we have a great deal of specialist sustainability consultancy knowledge about what’s possible and what’s becoming available. This includes:

  • Auditing your current opportunities to reduce your carbon footprint
  • Developing plant-based menus
  • Selecting and encouraging local suppliers
  • Justifying investment in more energy-efficient kitchen technology
  • Energy and water resource monitoring
  • Training and development of staff
  • Greener options for travel and transport
  • Reducing the use of disposables
  • Waste reduction and recycling
  • Recipes that reduce the demand for resources
  • Supply chain management, and benchmarking suppliers
  • Costing and implementing environmental policies imposed from outside
  • Rolling audits to monitor environmental performance
  • Designing performance measurements and incentives
  • Developing a coherent and effective environmental strategy
  • Communicating your vision to investors, stakeholders, customers and staff.

As Carla says:

We’re about to ride a green wave. We can be swamped by it. Or we can surf it.

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  • Carla and her team have broad experience in the industry. Apart from being very supportive in inventing (new) concepts, they also make use of their many years of experience when implementing these concepts. Their ultimate goal is to let people enjoy honest and good food.

    Marcel Bisselink, Owner, Daily Fresh Food, Galeen, Netherlands
  • Carla and her team worked tirelessly with us to ensure our very international and cross-cultural needs were met with great creativity and skill. They listened to us, responded to our needs and delivered above expectations.

    Angela Hencher, Director of Business Administration, Dulwich College, Shanghai Pudong
  • They are brave enough to challenge others in pursuit of the ultimate solution, whether it be behind the scenes with kitchen flow and catering management, or front-of-house service and design.

    Richard Russell, Catering Equipment Distributor Director, Western Blueprint
  • If all companies who serve the independent school sector had your breadth of vision and openness of mind, I have little doubt that the sector would be a richer and more exciting place to be.

    Phillip Godfrey, Bursar, Halliford School
  • During the negotiation process, Carla’s knowledge and expertise enabled our company to achieve a very strong commercial outcome, and some significant savings were yielded from the exercise.

    Penny Arnold, Commercial & Operations Director, Fusion Lifestyle