The Kerfoot Group has been awarded a Gold EcoVadis Sustainability Award, in recognition of its ongoing commitment to the advancement of sustainability throughout the business in 2022. The company was previously awarded a Silver EcoVadis Sustainability Award in 2021.
This award places Kerfoot, a leading supplier of natural, organic and essential oils and ingredients to the personal care and food manufacturing sectors, in the top 5% of assessed companies in its operating market.
EcoVadis, the world’s largest and most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, is regarded as a highly prestigious awarding body. Its aim is to encourage companies to implement practices and processes that enable eco-friendly and ethical business operations across supply chains.
“This is a significant milestone for the company,” Karen Hewitt, Head of Technical at Kerfoot, commented. “We are delighted to achieve this Gold Award in recognition of our sustainability efforts during the year. It is indeed a testament to the hard work our teams have put in over the last 12 months to ensure our sustainability targets are being met.
“We received positive feedback from EcoVadis, particularly with regards to the evaluation of our advanced management systems, our focus on ensuring labour and human rights and environmental and sustainable procurement. In recognition of our improved performance and the implementation of additional measures. The award is a fantastic endorsement for the entire Group.”
The award also puts Kerfoot in a positive position to increase potential collaboration as many blue-chip brands and companies prefer to work with EcoVadis accredited businesses.
“We are definitely seeing an increase in companies across the food, beauty and personal care markets who won’t work with companies unless they hold a sustainability/CSR certification,” Ms Hewitt explained. “Achieving a Gold Award in recognition of our business endeavours provides us with additional scope for new business opportunities at a time when competition is fierce!
“To ensure the improvement of our sustainability initiatives year-on-year, we will continue to be assessed annually to improve the overall impact of the business on our workforce, suppliers, customers and global supply chains.”