It’s about more than what’s on the plate
Our cause is to make a real difference to our customers and community. We’re dedicated to doing business in an ethical and sustainable way, enhancing health and well-being, making great food to be proud of and bringing a passion for service. We therefore focus our efforts on four areas:
- Our Business
We’re extremely passionate about sustainability. It informs not just the way we work, but how we treat people, the impact on the environment and our contribution to the economy. As such we demonstrated our commitment to our team, becoming an accredited Real Living Wage employer. Plus, we’re a founding member of the UK Plastics Pact, to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK.
- Our Community
We aim to create social value for our employees and the communities that we work in. As part of this commitment, we launched the apetito Staff Foundation. Since the Foundation opened in 2005, over £186,000 has been raised for worthy causes such as these.
As well as this, we’ve set up a charity partnership with Alzheimer’s Support and Alzheimer’s Society. In the space of just four years, with the help of our employees, we’ve raised an astonishing £128,000 for these worthwhile causes.
- Our Customers
We’ve always strived to cater for the most vulnerable in society, no matter what their requirements. We therefore developed a Specialist Nutrition range, to make tasty and nutritious meals for those with dysphagia, or swallowing difficulties, and those who are malnourished.
In 2016, we were fortunate enough to be awarded our second Queen’s Award for Enterprise for our dysphagia range of meals and in 2017 we launched our Mini Meals Extra range, to continue the fight against malnutrition.
As well as this, we’re one of the Founders and current Board Members of the Malnutrition Task Force, an independent group of experts united to address avoidable and preventable malnutrition in older people.
- Our Suppliers
For many years we’ve required our suppliers to adhere to the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code – an internationally recognised code of labour practice committed to promoting and respecting workers’ rights globally.
However, in 2015 we wanted to further solidify our commitment and became the only food company in the UK’s health and social care sector to become a Member of the ETI.
Making a real difference
The above is just a select few of our corporate values and commitments that have set us apart from other businesses across the UK.
Our commitments to our employees, suppliers, customers and community is something we take incredibly seriously, and is this commitment which allows us to make a real difference to those we work with.