Hampshire County Council Catering Service

Corporate social responsibility

Working to reduce environmental impact, increase sustainability and maintain high ethical standards

Corporate social responsibility

Here at HC3S, we take our impact on the environment seriously. We also take a strong ethical stance when it comes to sustainability, the provenance of our food, animal welfare and the suppliers we work with.

Reducing waste in the workplace and in the environment

Our resusable drinking cups and travel mugs are reducing the number of paper cups we use. We encourage staff to buy a resuable cup from our staff coffee shop and save money on future drink purchases. If they wish to bring their own resuable cup, we will also discount hot drinks as this helps reduce waste in the workplace

We support the local economy

We employ over 1,800 staff across Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset. Our distribution model ensures we reduce food miles whilst still supporting school kitchens and visitor attraction cafes in remote areas.

By using local produce where possible, we are able to significantly reduce our carbon footprint.

We recycle cooking oil

Cooking oil is collected from some of our sites and taken away to be recycled. Some of it ends up as biodiesel, which can be used as fuel in diesel cars and generators.

Cutting edge technology enables the cooking oil to be produced into EN14214 EU specification biodiesel that is ISCC certified. This biodiesel gives more than a 90% greenhouse carbon saving compared to regular fossil diesel.

We recycle coffee grains

We take coffee grains from our restaurant in Sir Harold Hillier’s Gardens and use them on our vegetable patch to repel slugs naturally.

We donate milk bottle tops

The education team at Sir Harold Hillier’s Gardens use our four pint milk bottles to make bird mobiles.

We collect thousands of milk bottle tops from our visitor attraction cafes. These are then recycled by Southampton General Hospital’s eye unit to help with research into macular degeneration.

We also give a smaller amount to the Waterside Dementia Group for recycling.

Supporting the community

We employ staff who show a keenness to engage with the local community. Our catering teams support national charitable initiatives like Children in Need and Macmillan Cancer Support.

We also support charity events such as Jeans for Genes Day, ME Research UK and the International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND).

Locally, we support Wave 105’s ‘Cash for Kids: Mission Christmas’ appeal in our park cafes. Staff also bake and sell cakes to help raise money for the Breast Cancer Haven hospice.