Sustainable Corporate Catering: 10 Tips and Tricks [+Free Step-by-step Guide]

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Do you want to make your corporate events and meetings more sustainable?

In today’s fast-paced world, corporate sustainable catering for events and meetings can keep the beautiful tradition to bring communities together and foster a sustainable workplace culture. This blog post will delve into climate psychology, and practical tips and tricks to help you make eco-conscious catering choices, minimize waste, and deliver a delightful zero-waste experience for corporate events or meeting catering.

Climate Psychology, The First Step To Sustainable Corporate Catering

In order to inspire and unite your team and drive sustainable transformations in the workplace that benefit everyone, it is vital to tap into the power of climate psychology. When striving for sustainable corporate catering, it is important to recognize that sustainability and #climateaction are a journey, and that individuals may be at different stages. Engaging in discussions about climate change and reducing carbon emissions can evoke strong emotions if not approached with empathy and genuine curiosity.

According to Carbon Conversations UK, coming to terms with the reality of climate change for the first time can be an overwhelming and intimidating experience, leading to feelings of anxiety, guilt, or distress. Ignoring these emotions can result in defensive reactions such as anger, blame, cynicism, defeat, and powerlessness. How can we fully embrace the concept of sustainable catering when food is such a deeply personal experience? Keep reading to discover our ten expert tips and tricks to make it a reality.

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  1. Embrace the Green Mission

Set your compass towards sustainability! Encourage and empower your entire team – from office managers to personal assistants and event planners – to fully embrace the green mission. By aligning your catering practices with your company’s sustainability goals, we can collectively make a positive impact and become true stewards of the environment. Together, let’s pave the way for a greener future and inspire others to follow suit.

2. Facilitate Team Engagement

To truly foster and promote behavioural change, it’s essential to involve your entire team in the decision-making process for office meals. By actively seeking their input and conducting surveys, you can gain valuable insights into their preferences, dietary requirements, and sustainability concerns. This not only empowers your staff but also creates a sense of ownership and responsibility towards making more sustainable choices.

Engaging your team in the decision-making process will not only ensure that everyone’s needs are met but also encourage them to embrace and support more sustainable practices. By listening to their input and incorporating their suggestions, you can create a positive and inclusive culture where each team member feels valued and heard. This collective effort towards sustainability will not only benefit the environment but also foster a stronger sense of unity and camaraderie within your team.

So, let’s embark on this journey together, involving and empowering each team member, as we strive towards a more sustainable future for our office meals.

3. Embrace Ethical Sourcing:

One of the fundamental elements of sustainable catering is choosing food that is sourced ethically. Look for catering services that prioritize local and organic ingredients, promote fair trade practices, and are committed to reducing the environmental impact of their supply chain whenever possible. By doing so, not only do you support responsible farming practices, but you also contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions associated with long-distance transportation.

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4. Embrace Sustainable Catering Partners

One of the first steps toward greening your office meals is to collaborate with sustainable catering partners. Seek out vendors who share your company’s values and offer ethically-sourced, locally produced, and organic food options. Prioritize those who share your commitment to zero-waste.

5. Partner with Sustainable Delivery Services:

Collaborate with catering companies that share your commitment to sustainability. Look for delivery services that utilize eco-friendly transportation options, such as electric vehicles or bicycles, to minimize carbon emissions. Additionally, inquire about their packaging materials to ensure they use compostable or recyclable options.

At Inwit, we pride ourselves on delivering 98% of our products in an ethical and sustainable manner, thanks to our trusted partner, Send It Courier. Owned and operated by couriers, with their carbon-free delivery service is available throughout the year, we prioritize the well-being of our community, customers and the environment.

6. Offer Plant-Based Options

Reducing meat consumption can significantly lower your company’s carbon footprint. Encourage your caterer to provide a variety of delicious and nutritious meatless and plant-based options. This not only benefits the environment but also caters to diverse dietary preferences.

At Inwit, our team has curated a menu that goes beyond the ordinary, offering an array of innovative and globally-inspired dishes. Imagine indulging in a vibrant Mediterranean falafel bowl, bursting with flavors of chickpeas, fresh herbs, and exotic spices. Or perhaps you’d prefer a zesty Asian-inspired stir-fry, featuring a colorful medley of crispy tofu, crunchy vegetables, and a tangy sesame glaze. With our meatless and plant-based restaurant options, every bite promises an exciting culinary adventure with a clean consciousness. 

7. Leverage Technology for Efficient Catering

Consider leveraging technology to streamline the catering process and reduce paper waste. Implement online ordering systems and opt for digital receipts to minimize the use of unnecessary resources.

8. Promote Sustainable Takeout Options

When in-house kitchens are not available, encourage your staff to choose sustainable takeout options. Support vendors who prioritize environmentally-friendly packaging, and opt for reusable to single-use plastics. By making conscious choices, you can minimize the environmental impact of takeout orders.

10. Inspire and Raise Awareness

Promote sustainability initiatives and educate your team about the positive impact of their catering choices. Organize workshops, webinars, or informative sessions to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable practices and encourage behavior change.

As forward-thinking professionals, you have the power to drive positive change within your organizations and create a lasting impact on the environment. By adopting sustainable catering practices, you can align your company’s values with the desires of top talent, drive employee satisfaction, and reduce your ecological footprint. 

If you are interested in learning more about how to reduce waste in office meal planning, download our step-by-step guide! This guide presents a comprehensive nine-step guide for office managers, event coordinators, and personal assistants to plan waste-free office meals, while fostering a sustainable workplace transformation.

Let’s work together to nourish your teams and the planet while striving for a more sustainable future.

Have you heard about Inwit?

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