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 ensure health and well-being for everyone and for all ages
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 build a resilient infrastructure and to promote innovation and fair, responsible and sustainable industrialisation
To make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, durable and sustainable
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 S.C. in 2022. Are therefore excluded from the report: CIRFOOD Retail, foreign Companies in Belgium and Netherlands and other subsidiaries.
Number of employees
People with over 10 years at the company
Percentage of women employees
Hours of training
Investment in welfare programmes
Injury risk index
Libera Terra products of lands confiscated from crime
Self-inspections for food safety
New supplier chosen with social criteria
Women on Board of Directors
Investment in training
New suppliers chosen with environmental criteria
Share of organic, PDO, PGI and TSG products
of total food purchases
Eggs and egg products from barn hens
on reference category
Fish from sustainable fisheries (MSC/ASC)
on reference category
of total energy
CO2 avoided by using renewable energy
3.052 t CO2 eq.
Self-produced renewable energy
Water unit consumption per meal
-13% (L/N. meals)
-10% (KJ/N. meals)
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.
Quality and Food safety
Quality management system - ISO 9001
Food safety management system - ISO 22000 and special diet management
Organic production standards - EC REG 848/2018
Traceability system in agri-food chains - ISO 22005
Health and Safety at work
Occupational health and safety management system - UNI ISO 45001:2018
Environmental management system - ISO 14001
Energy management system
Eco-Management and Audit Scheme
Verification and validation services to support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
Corporate Social Responsibility
System for the responsible management of human rights and working conditions
For a correct governance of Social Responsibility
Commitment to work-life balance and employee well-being
Guidelines on the gender equality 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.