SPAR wins Scottish Green Apple Environment Award

February 12, 2021 IN THE CATEGORY: Awards and prizes, Responsible retailing

SPAR UK Partner CJ Lang and Son Limited and local charity partner Gatechurch have won a Scottish Green Apple Environment Award for Environmental Best Practice in 2021 in partnership. The Green Apple Awards are the country’s leading awards for environmental endeavours among companies, councils, communities, and countries. The company will be presented with their trophy and certificate at a presentation ceremony in March.

As a result of this Green Apple Award success, CJ Lang has been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so others around the world can follow their example.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have received this Green Apple Award.  Our internal teams have been working tirelessly on environmental and CSR initiatives for many years. This award goes some way to recognising all their hard work”, said Colin Chapman, Distribution Director.

The awards are organised by The Green Organisation – an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding, and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management, and other independent bodies.

CJ Lang established a Green Team in 2019. Working in partnership with Gatechurch and the Community Fridge that opened in August 2019, they have achieved:

  • Saved almost 67 tonnes of food from going to waste
  • Carbon emission savings of 244 tonnes CO2e
  • Helped over 2,600 families and individuals
  • Received on average 100 visitors per day
  • Given out the equivalent of 37,000 meals

Source: SPAR UK
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The UK became a member of SPAR in 1956 when SPAR International granted the SPAR licence to a group of independent wholesalers. There are five regional partners in the UK. A central office in London provides national marketing and buying services for the group.

SPAR has led the highly competitive convenience market in the UK for many years. Always innovative, the five regional partners have continued to grow the brand. SPAR UK comprises independently-owned licensed retailers and company-owned stores. These include forecourts, airports, train stations, city centres, and local neighbourhood stores.