Booths, the supermarket chain with a store in Clitheroe, has fought off stiff competition to be crowned a “National Champion” in the 2012/13 European Business Awards programme.
Booths has been selected as one of just 16 winners of the title in The Millicom Award for Environmental and Corporate Sustainability, and will now compete for the coveted Ruban D’Honneur status in the next round.
The awards scheme aims to identify Europe’s brightest businesses, and the judges selected Booths based on its ability to demonstrate three core principles; innovation, business excellence and sustainability.
Booths, which has 28 stores across the North West, was the first UK supermarket to make publicly available a comprehensive assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from the supply chains of its entire product range.
Booths considers greenhouse gas emissions when sourcing products, including cutting out almost all air-freighted Californian cherries, stretching the UK asparagus season and processing most of its prepared fruit in the UK rather than the industry norm of doing this overseas, reducing the need for air freight.
Company chairman Edwin Booth said: “We are very proud of our achievements in making our business more sustainable, constantly striving to reduce waste and ensuring we give our suppliers a fair price for their goods.
“We are delighted to be recognised as a National Champion in Environmental and Corporate Sustainability and look forward to the next round.”
Between now and January, National Champions including Booths will be reassessed by a third panel of judges made up of Europe-wide business leaders, academics and entrepreneurs.
Finally, after face-to-face presentations, the Ruban d’Honneur recipients will be honoured and the names of the overall winners will be revealed at a ceremony in April 2013.