CSR in the spotlight

first_imgThe Carbon Trust, a private company set up by government, has invited trade organisations to apply for up to £140,000-worth of funding on carbon reduction projects.To apply for the funding, applicants are required to produce a detailed plan, outlining how their initiative will deliver demonstrable carbon dioxide emissions savings, by 9 January 2008. Separate fundings of up to £30,000 and £140,000 are on offer.”We believe that trade and professional bodies have an important role to play in championing carbon reduction measures among their member businesses and colleagues,” said Tom Delay, chief executive of the Carbon Trust. “We would encourage anyone who wants to find out more to contact us.”For more details about the programme, interested organisations should visit [http://www.carbontrust.co.uk/] carbon/networks.Both the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Northern Ireland Food and Drink Federation have received funding from the Carbon Trust Networks Initiative in the past.The Carbon Trust has also recently launched a new business carbon footprint calculator, to help businesses understand what a carbon footprint is, how to work it out and how to reduce it. This follows the Climate Change Bill announcement, which will set the UK a target of a minimum 60% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 as legally binding for the first time.Go to [http://www.carbontrust.co.uk/footprintcalculator] to apply for a free online Carbon Survey.last_img read more

HGCA points to importance of provenance

first_imgNew research commissioned by the Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA) has revealed that the bakery sector is under-playing the provenance card in product marketing.Based on interviews through seven focus groups, the research found that bread and morning goods fell behind the brewing and dairy industries over perceptions of provenance claims, which ranged from supporting the local community through regionality or Britishness, natural ingredients, the origins of food including named suppliers, heritage and tradition and environmental standards.Richard Walters, head of food marketing at Bidwells Agri- business, which carried out the research, said: “In bread and morning goods, our research identified an opportunity for manufacturers to use provenance to underline the health benefits and freshness of product – linking to the farm and natural ingredients. There’s already product differentiation between healthy products within bakery, and provenance is a way to better target consumers buying into that market.”He added that there was further potential around regionality, following Morrisons and Sainsbury’s initiatives to source local wheats for regional stores.Roz Reynolds, marketing manager at the HGCA, added: “It may only be possible in certain parts of the bakery market to achieve that 100% feel for provenance, but it is very powerful in those parts, and it’s worth exploring within your own business.”last_img read more

U-20 Women’s World Cup: Nigeria qualify after shrugging off England challenge

first_imgNigeria have edged England with a 2-1 comeback win to top Group C, leaving the Europeans to head for home. Nigeria have a strong tradition of success at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and displayed their fortitude by coming from a goal down to secure this decisive win.England opened in perfect fashion scoring in just the fifth minute as Hannah Blundell played a clever through ball for Nikita Parris, who took one touch and then clipped a shot past the advancing Nigeria goalkeeper Ibijoke Sangonuga from the edge of the box.The African champions drew level in an even contest four minutes before the interval after Loveth Ayila beat her marker with a skilful drag-back and shot powerfully from 25 yards. Goalkeeper Lizzie Durack got a hand to it but was unable to prevent the ball hitting the back of the net.The second half was a tale of two penalties, with England’s Bethany Mead firstly missing after Parris was adjudged to have been fouled by Sangonuga. Within minutes at the other end, Asisat Oshoala was brought down after dribbling into the penalty area and stepped up to coolly side-foot the resultant spot-kick into the bottom-right corner.England were saved from going further behind only by the width of the crossbar as Nigeria finished strongly in a match that ended amid joyous scenes on the Africans’ bench.Nigeria, who will feature in their fifth consecutive quarter-final, now tackle Group D runners-up New Zealand.last_img read more