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Sustainable food

City, University of London is committed to providing healthy and sustainable food to our students, staff and visitors, while at the same time minimising negative environmental and social effects associated with the products and services we provide.

Sustainable Food Procurement

City's Sustainable Food Policy was first developed in 2009 with a view to making progressive improvements to our food procurement and raising awareness of the benefits of healthy eating. The policy was developed as a collaborative effort between Property and Facilities, the Food Policy Centre and City's catering contractor.  This commitment to providing healthy eating also links up with City's Wellbeing campaign to promote a healthier lifestyle for students and staff.

City caterers have achieved certificates which provide an independent endorsement that the food on our menus are freshly prepared, seasonal and better for animal welfare.

Soil Association's Food for Life Catering Mark (Bronze level) at Northampton Square (EatC1ty)

Sustainable Restaurant Association (two star) at Bunhill Row (The Pod, The Marketplace, The Kitchen) and 200 Aldersgate (The Lounge).

We are working towards certification at our remaining outlets at Northampton Square (Costa, CityBar, Baxters and Social Kitchen), as required by our catering contracts.

Sustainable Fish and Food Legacy campaigns

City was one of the first London universities to sign up to the Sustainable Fish City campaign, inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012, to turn London into the world's first 'sustainable fish city'.  All fish served at City is sustainably-sourced. Our caterers, Sodexo, have an MSC Chain of Custody Group certificate.

City has also signed up to the Food Legacy programme, also inspired by the London 2012 Food Vision, to further improve the health, ethics and sustainability of the food we serve.

Fairtrade at City

City has been accredited as a Fairtrade University since 2010 by the Fairtrade Foundation.  We are committed to supporting and using Fairtrade products and to educating our students and staff of the value of Fairtrade.

By choosing Fairtrade, farmers and workers in developing countries are given a better chance to work their way out of poverty, through fairer wages, safer conditions at work, and extra income to invest in bringing about changes and improving life for their whole communities.

Read our Fairtrade Policy here.

City's vegetable garden

City has its own vegetable garden which is tended by student and staff volunteers.  If interested in getting involved, please contact the Sustainability Team.

Food Awards

City has won several awards for its achievements in progressing the sustainable food agenda. These include:

  • Sustainable Food Award - People & Planet University League Graduation Awards 2013
  • National Vegetarian Week's Local Hero 2012 (Vegetarian Society, 2012) - organisation winner
  • Sustainable Food and Eating Award (Islington's Giant Green Business Awards, November 2010)
  • Good Food on the Public Plate Award (2009, 2010, 2011-12)
  • Good Egg Award (Compassion in World Farming, 2010), for ensuring that only free-range eggs are served at City.

For further information about City's sustainable food and Fairtrade initiatives, please contact the Sustainability Team.

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City, University of London is an independent member institution of the University of London. Established by Royal Charter in 1836, the University of London consists of 18 independent member institutions with outstanding global reputations and several prestigious central academic bodies and activities.