The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain have made a strong corporate commitment to become a low carbon sustainable community and Friends House Hospitality is no exception to this pledge.
At Friends House, we seek to reflect this commitment by taking action to reduce our carbon emissions, cut our waste, and procure goods and services in an ethically and environmentally responsible way.
Year on year, we have followed this green agenda with some very visible results and a great impact on our business, which makes us say that we are a truly ethical and green event venue.
Our commitments and achievements
A few figures for 2015
- 100% of meat and eggs we served were free range
- 21% of products used were organic
- Our Restaurant attained a 83% rating for sustainability (granted by the Sustainable Restaurant Association)
- We saved the equivalent of 120 trees and 44200kg of CO2 by recycling
We have adopted a hierarchical approach to increasing the energy efficiency of the building: initially by improving the efficiency of the building fabric, then the building services, before introducing renewable energy systems. We now use 100% renewable energy, provided by Good Energy, and free from any form of fossil fuels. We have also taken action to encourage staff and visitors to the building to change their behaviour in order to create a ‘greener’ working/ meeting environment.
Since 2009, we have been working with Carbon Smart to capture our carbon footprint. By the end of 2015, we had significantly reduced our carbon footprint by almost 20%, compared to 2009. We are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon emissions and are Carbon Smart Silver Certified.
Conservation and ecosystem
In 2014, we set up some beehives on our roof, which now welcome 30,000 bees. Those bees contribute to the Euston area ecosystem by pollinating the flowers and trees around, beginning with our own garden. Hosting bees on our roof is more important than ever as they have just been classified as an endangered species for the first time in the US and are threatened worldwide. We have been lucky enough to get some honey 2 years on now.
We are a member of the Camden Climate Change Alliance and have been working with the Camden community to make a positive impact on the environment. This led us to be recognised as a Carbon Champion by the organisation in 2015. We also took part to the Camden in Bloom 2016 Awards and our garden came 2nd in the Best Business Garden category.
Zero waste to landfill policy
We have a 0 waste to landfill policy and have managed year on year to maintain our 0 waste objective. All our waste is recycled and treated by our supplier First Mile.
Cruelty free food
We were one of the first venues to gain a Good Egg Award and a Good Chicken Award, given by Compassion in World Farming. These awards mean that all our eggs and poultry products served for our event catering, in our Restaurant or Café come from farm where chickens were caged free. Animal welfare is very important to us and we have recently partnered with Quaker Concern for Animals to raise awareness about animal rights and welfare for World Animal Day 2016.
Read more about our green agenda and achievements in our Hospitality Company 2015 Review [PDF: new window – 1.5mb].