Muntons plc, the East Anglian based maltster and malted ingredient Company, achieved a magnificent 13th place in this year’s Sunday Times Green List. They were the highest placed Food and Drink Company – ranking higher than Marks and Spencer and B&Q in this year’s list. They were also the top placed East Anglian based Company. This is the fourth year that the Sunday Times have published the Green List and the fourth time that Muntons have been placed in the top 60 – only one of 15 companies to have achieved that long term performance standard.
Dr. Nigel Davies, Muntons Manufacturing and Technical Director, said “We were delighted to be placed 13th this year, an improvement on our position of 20th in the previous list and the fourth year in a row that we have bettered our performance.” He continued, “For us this competition is about benchmarking and improving. We are not content to get an environmental badge – we are committed to being practically sustainable – doing something real and worthwhile and not just to get a certificate.”
Dr Nigel Davies also commented “The standards that are demanded in the Sunday Times green list have increased significantly, such that a firm ranked 60th this year would have
been placed 42nd last year, which made the challenge even tougher this year. At Muntons we care avidly about our environmental impact and our work on carbon foot-printing has been recognised globally.”
The competition looks at the degree of change and sustainability that companies are able to achieve whatever the environmental impact of their industry. Muntons were complimented on their comprehensive environmental audit policy with weekly internal checks conducted across the business and it was noted that becoming an ecofriendly organisation has been part of its evolution as it continuously looks for ways to reduce its carbon footprint. Muntons has more than 90 years experience of supplying malts, malt extracts and flours both into Britain and around the world. It also supplies homebrew kits for beer and winemakers, a hobby that is being embraced by a growing number of people.
It is interesting to note that the Sunday Times Green Award is manufactured from recycled ‘Gordon’s Gin Bottles’ that have been broken and fused to form the base. The Logo itself is manufactured from recycled rusted steel from a disused oil disposal tank.