Award-winning restaurant group D&D London has achieved Three Star status for the SRA 2014 Group Rating – the highest accolade possible.
A founder member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, sustainability has always been an imperative corporate social responsibility for the group, and it was D&D’s key objective to achieve the Three Star status in 2014.
Vitally important issue that makes commercial sense
D&D London Purchasing Director, Paul Jenkins, noted:
“As a founder member of the SRA we’ve long believed sustainability is a vitally important issue – not just for D&D London but for the restaurant and hotel industry as a whole. We are thrilled to have been awarded the SRA’s three star sustainability rating – this is testament to the hard work our teams have put in to make our business more sustainable.
“It has been fascinating to see the sustainability movement evolve to the extent where it now makes commercial (as well as ethical) sense to choose the sustainable option. For example, in 2014 all of our electricity has and will come from 100% renewable sources and at no premium over traditional electricity generation, whilst 60,000 litres of our used cooking oil has been converted into biodiesel saving 156,000kg of CO2”
Chef apprentice scheme
As well as focusing on environmental aspects, another key factor behind the company’s Three Star status is the chef apprentice scheme: a full-time, paid training programme offering up to eleven apprentices each year professional work experience in a D&D restaurant kitchen, a formal qualification from the University of West London and a career with D&D at the end of the two year course.
Additionally, the group’s head chefs are dedicated to sourcing the highest quality, sustainable produce.