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We are Planet Mark Certified!

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As one of the UK's leading cheese retailers, we have recently been certified by Planet Mark, a certification programme that recognises businesses committed to sustainability. This is a significant step for Paxton & Whitfield, as it demonstrates our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and promoting sustainable practices, with our year one certification, which is an incredible achievement involving the entire business. 

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What is Planet Mark?
 

Launched in 2013, Planet Mark is a sustainability certification programme that helps businesses measure and reduce their carbon emissions, improve their environmental performance, and engage their stakeholders in the process. With a mission to empower change for a brighter future #DoMoreGood. Planet Mark ensure they measure what matters and provides businesses with a framework to assess and improve their sustainability practices towards the net zero goal, as well as access to education and a community of like-minded businesses. 

Why did Paxton & Whitfield join Planet Mark?
We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and ethical business practices here at Paxton & Whitfield. By joining Planet Mark, we are taking a proactive approach to reducing our carbon footprint, improving our environmental performance, and engaging our employees and customers in our sustainability efforts. Our certification is designed to accelerate our journey to net zero and Planet Mark's framework and legalisation provides insight into inefficiencies and highlights what and where we need to improve to reach the ultimate global goal. By doing so, we are setting an example for other businesses in our industry to follow.

What does Paxton & Whitfield's membership mean?
Our membership & certification at Planet Mark means that we are committed to reducing our carbon emissions and improving our environmental performance across the business as a whole, including our shops, our HQ, our travel and our packaging. In order to achieve this sustainability certification, we’ve followed a robust three-step process: Measuring our impact, engaging everyone in the business and communicating our progress. We have measured our own carbon footprint and will continue to take responsibility of our carbon emissions to have a positive impact on planet and society. We are also contributing to the UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) as we believe that it’s important, more than ever, to do more good and create a sustainable future.   

How will joining Planet Mark benefit Paxton & Whitfield?
Joining Planet Mark will benefit us in several ways. Firstly, the programme will further accelorate our tracking and guide us to reduce our carbon footprint and improve our environmental performance, which will have a positive impact on the environment. It will also provide us with access to a community of like-minded businesses, which will enable us to share best practices and collaborate on sustainability initiatives.

What does this mean for the wider community?
Our membership at Planet Mark is not only beneficial for the company but also for the wider community. By reducing our carbon footprint and improving our environmental performance, we are contributing to the fight against climate change. In addition, by engaging customers in our sustainability efforts, we are raising awareness of the importance of sustainability and encouraging others to take action. And as a certified Planet Mark member, we are also contributing to protecting endangered rainforests to combat global warming and provide employment for local people. Every business that becomes certified via the programme protects an acre of rainforest via Planet Mark’s partnership with Cool Earth, a UK-based international NGO. 

In conclusion, our decision to join Planet Mark is a significant step towards promoting sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint. By doing so, we are setting an example for other businesses in the industry to follow and contributing to the fight against climate change. We are excited to see the results of our commitment to sustainability and look forward to seeing the positive impact that our membership of Planet Mark will have.

 See our 2023/24 Certificate:

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