The ultimate guide to the Sustainable Restaurant Association

Jamie Frew
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Oct 2021
6 min read
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One-third of the food produced worldwide ends up as waste—that’s approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year. This waste contributes to nearly 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

We need radical change. Restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs need to work together with governments, NGOs and associations to prevent adding to the problem.

That’s where the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) comes in.

What is the Sustainable Restaurant Association?

The Sustainable Restaurant Association is a not-for-profit membership organisation based in the UK.

The Association started in 2009 because there was no consistency in the way sustainability was defined and addressed in hospitality.

Today, the SRA’s industry-standard sustainability framework, Food Made Good rating, and online community provide over 10,000 food businesses worldwide with the tools they need to be more sustainable.

Interested in joining? Here’s how it works

The Food Made Good programme helps businesses understand their impact on people, the planet and animals.

Members complete an online self-assessment which measures the businesses current sustainable practices and helps identify opportunities for improvement. Companies then receive an accreditation (either 1,2, or 3 stars) which demonstrates to customers, teams and stakeholders how sustainable the restaurant is.  

The benefits of joining the Sustainable Restaurant Association

Community

When hospitality businesses join the Sustainable Restaurant Association, they can connect with over 10,000 like-minded businesses committed to sustainability. Businesses can share their challenges and unique solutions, helping support other businesses on their sustainable journey.

Support

Tackling sustainability in your restaurant can be overwhelming. The SRA provides consultancy and training, helping teams create a plan of action. They also offer ongoing support.

Accreditation

The rating highlights where restaurants can improve, and it gives customers a benchmark to help them make more sustainable choices.

Plus, if your restaurant receives a three star rating (the highest score), it will improve brand awareness and give you a competitive edge. This is especially important as consumers are increasingly demanding businesses take action. A recent UK hospitality survey revealed that 80% of respondents said sustainability was a deciding factor when choosing where to go for food.

Resources

The Sustainable Restaurant Association offers free materials to help operators in the restaurant sector reduce their carbon emissions.

Why do we care?

Our mission is to change the way hospitality businesses are run. So far, we’ve built a product that helps transform hospitality operations. Now, we want to extend our impact to the planet, which is why we’re encouraging hospitality businesses to take action.

We recently pledged to plant 500,000 trees by 2030 to help reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. With the help of our customers and Ecologi, we’ve planted over 20,000 trees. We’re going to keep working like our planet depends on it (because it does) and encourage you to take one step today towards a more sustainable restaurant (link).

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