Our Idea of Sustainability
Sustainability is one of CIRFOOD’s core values. In fact, if we want to do business today, we cannot ignore it: it’s a sign of responsibility, social commitment and love for our planet and the people who live here.
For all intents and purposes, it’s a sign of civilisation.
We believe that everyone has the right to proper nutrition. Food is an asset to enjoy and share socially. We promote conscious consumption for a better lifestyle and to protect our resources.
Because it is only by implementing sustainable development policies that we can guarantee everyone gets the enjoyment and quality of proper nutrition.
In 2015, United Nations Member States signed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: a list of 17 ambitious goals that all the countries should achieve by 2030.
CIRFOOD has prioritised the following goals.
To end hunger, achieve food safety, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
To provide high-quality, impartial and inclusive education and learning opportunities for everyone.
To ensure that everyone has access to cost-effective, reliable, sustainable and modern energy systems.
To promote long-lasting, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and a respectable job for everyone.
To guarantee sustainable models of production and consumption.
We realised long ago that over-exploitation of natural resources would have repercussions on all of society as it compromises the development of future generations.
The figures shown below refer to the performances of CIRFOOD Italia in 2017.
Number of employees
Percentage of women employees
Dividends for working members
Education vouchers for working members
Investment in training
Hours of training
Increase in the number of employees in 2017
Number of young people (18-29) compared with 2016
Decrease in the hours of accidents out of hours worked
Investment in the NoiXNoi welfare programme
Libera Terra products from land confiscated from crime
Self-inspections for food safety
Dishes retrieved and donated to the needy
Beef from animals born, raised, slaughtered and selected in Italy
Fish from sustainable fisheries (MSC/ASC)
Total energy consumption
Self-produced renewable energy in 2017
Purchased renewable energy
Total water consumption
Energy required to make/transport a meal
6,790 KJ/483 KJ
Water required to make a meal
Investment in energy efficiency
Less energy consumption than 2016
CO2 avoided with self-produced renewable energy
Increase in reams of paper weighing equal to or less than 75g
Slightly less waste oil disposed of than in 2016
WEEE disposed of in 2017
hazardous 13,672 kg
non-hazardous 26,338 kg
Quality and safety
CIRFOOD’s mission focuses on quality and the customer: this leads us every day to a mindset of integrated responsibility which upholds our core principles: passion, transparency, ethics and respect for market rules, quality, guaranteed professionalism and food safety in our catering service, protecting people’s health, customer and staff satisfaction, product traceability, as well as a focus on food education and protecting the environment.
This is why we have adopted various voluntary certification systems over the years to maintain and improve our catering services, achieving ever higher performances and ensuring economic, environmental and social sustainability in the everyday running of canteens.
All our systems are integrated with each other to ensure the best application in the various catering services we operate. Our staff ensure that the company self-monitoring manuals are strictly applied, which cover national, regional and local laws and regulations, but also describe the procedures taken to ensure the highest level of food and health safety. Systematic controls, such as laboratory analysis and check-lists, are regularly arranged by highly professional staff who conduct incredibly thorough inspections.
Our solid commitment can be seen by our Certified Management Systems that are in line with our Company Mission.
Quality management system - ISO 9001
Occupational health and safety management system - UNI ISO 45001:2018
Environmental management system - ISO 14001
Social accountability system - SA8000
Food safety management system - ISO 22000 and UNI 10854
Organic production standards - EC REG 834/0707
Traceability system in agri-food chains - ISO 22005
Energy management system
Every year, CIRFOOD produces a Sustainability Report in the belief that it is an important, transparent tool for analysing and checking that any business it conducts meets its benchmark values. The Sustainability Report is presented and handed out at the General Meeting.