Corporate and social responsibility is an area that’s hugely important to the entire team here at Solent Butchers. We do everything we can to ensure our impact on the local community, the environment and our employees, suppliers and customers is as positive as it can be.

Social Responsibility

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Raw material sourcing

We are committed to animal and farm welfare assurance schemes and our staff and suppliers also consider the environment throughout the procurement process and at every stage of the supply chain. We seek to support and promote sales of locally produced farm assured meat through the continued development of our Southern Pride brand as well as enhanced welfare standards such as RSPCA Assured and Organic Products.

Healthy eating

We aim, wherever possible, to use fresh ingredients. We work with our seasoning suppliers to minimise or eliminate additive usage and to ensure the Food Standards Agency salt targets are met. Nutritional standards are a consideration in the development of our meat preparation, in particular for burgers, sausages and marinated products. We also aim to collate nutritional data for our full product range through a combination of use of reference values and analysis. This information is then made available to our customers.

Community contributions

We aim to support other local businesses and organisations by sourcing goods and services locally, making contributions to fund-raising events and using the local workforce.

Employment

We will continue to develop our management team to take responsibility and respect the principles that have helped the company to grow. We will plan our training to consist of aims, objectives and lessons planned to ensure that employees are aware of the hazards associated with their duties and have the skills to recognise when things go wrong. Improved levels of training ensure greater levels of staff involvement and consultation.

We will continue to invest in the future of the workforce by convening annual staff appraisals, highlighting personnel development opportunities and training needs.

Community

We are long-standing supporters of the local community here in Portsmouth, not only in terms of minimising our impact on the environment, but also as a supporter of local good causes and as a good employer of local people.

Our Environmental Management System has been certified by South East Business Carbon Hub and we currently support the League of Friends at Queen Alexandra Hospital, The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, and we are a registered ‘Business Supporting Older People’ in Hampshire.

We work closely with a local employment agency to offer placements under the Work Experience Scheme as well as being a keen supporter of apprenticeships, giving young people the opportunity to start and progress their careers, helping them develop their skills, knowledge and confidence.

Our Environmental Policy

We acknowledge the environmental impact our business has and firmly believe that we have a responsibility to minimise this as far as is practicable. The board of directors is committed to compliance with environmental legislation, working to best practice, maintaining an environmental management system and overall minimising the environmental impact of the business.

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Our Environmental Policy

At Solent Butchers Limited we acknowledge the environmental impact our business has and firmly believe that we have a responsibility to minimise this as far as is practicable. The Board of Directors is committed to compliance with environmental legislation, working to Best Practice, maintaining an environmental management system and overall minimising the environmental impact of the business.

The Directors and Management Team work to:

  • Ensure environmental considerations are integrated into our business decisions, including procurement.
  • Actively seek opportunities to minimise energy usage and waste generation.
  • Actively seek opportunities to recycle or reuse packaging within the constraints of producing safe food.
  • Promote environmental awareness amongst staff. Monitor, review and continually improve our environmental performance.
  • Keep abreast of industry innovations and strive to implement these where applicable.
  • Encourage our customers and suppliers to consider environmental impact in their choice of packaging.
  • Use local businesses as far as possible in order to minimise the impact of transport.
  • Continually review and invest in newer, more efficient delivery vehicles.
  • Rationalise delivery schedules to minimise transport and noise pollution.

Energy efficiency – we aim to reduce energy consumption, increase energy efficiency and investigate the use of energy from sustainable sources such as solar and wind power.

Environmental impact – we aim to monitor and reduce the environmental impact of Solent Butchers Limited by waste minimisation, recycling of raw material packaging, increase in the percentage use of recycled / reusable packaging wherever possible within food hygiene constraints, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from refrigeration and reduce transport CO2 emissions from our distribution fleet.