City Harvest partner and ambassador, Hawksmoor, puts people and planet first.
We’re delighted to announce that partner, Hawksmoor is a certified B-Corp. City Harvest speaks with Will Beckett, founder of sustainable restaurant chain, Hawksmoor, and City Harvest food council member.
“I’ve really gained a lot from talking to people at City Harvest about the issues and how to solve them […] through the food council, we’ve also been able to try and help bring other people into the fight against food poverty.”
Will’s infectious drive for positive change within the UK and global food industry injects energy into our Food Council: a board of thought-leaders and decision-makers in the UK food industry.
On City Harvest and becoming a B-Corp:
“So we talk a lot at Hawksmoor about integrity at scale, and really that means that however big we get, that our ambitions should match that.
And when we were a really small company, that just meant trying to do things the right way. As we grew, it meant becoming a member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association or our Best Company accreditation for being a good employer. But, the thing that we’re most proud of recently is that we were certified as a B-Corp, which is a global movement of businesses that are trying to put purpose alongside profit in what they do. And I think at Hawksmoor, its reflective of just trying to do what we can in our communities, for the people who work here, and with food, to make sure that people in need have enough food and enough to drink.
As well as running Hawksmoor, I’m also on the Food Council for City Harvest. And our work with City Harvest, I hope, has been great for both groups. I know for us, it’s been fantastic to have an outlet for the work that we want to do to alleviate food poverty, locally, nationally, and internationally. And I’ve really gained a lot from talking to people at City Harvest about the issues and how to solve them. And I hope for City Harvest, having our involvement has meant that we’ve been able to do things like volunteer, we’ve been able to donate food, and through the food council, we’ve also been able to try and help bring other people into the fight against food poverty.”
Will Beckett, co-founder of Hawksmoor restaurant chain, is a member of City Harvest’s Food Council. Hawksmoor has been decorated with a number of awards by the Sustainable Restaurant Association and the Best Companies award, and has recently become a certified B-Corp. The restaurant chain has sustainability at its core and works with local, national and international charities to make a positive impact.
City Harvest Food Council
From restauranteurs to retailers and farmers to financiers, our Food Council works with us to achieve our overall aims – Rescuing Food, People and Planet – through thought leadership, engaging with decision-makers and more.
They’re helping us to shed a light on the biggest problems and opportunities around food, hunger and waste while setting new standards amongst the industry for compassionate, sustainable ways to do business and help our fellow Londoners.
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