We are proud to hold various long standing accreditations, and be part of trade associations.
PEFC (PROGRAMME FOR THE ENDORSEMENT OF FORESTRY CERTIFICATION) CHAIN OF CUSTODY CERTIFICATION
PROGRAMME FOR THE ENDORSEMENT OF FORESTRY CERTIFICATION CHAIN OF CUSTODY CERTIFICATION is a globally recognised standard of ethical sourcing of forestry raw materials and also compliance with the recently introduced EU Timber Regulations. The standard demonstrates that the materials used have been sustainably sourced and can be traced through the supply chain to guarantee the provenance of the finished product. This assures our customers that their paper cups originate from legal and sustainable sources and are fully compliant with EU Timber Regulations.
Forests support two thirds of all living species on the planet and some of Earth’s most valuable ecosystems. 12-15 million hectares of forest are lost yearly to agriculture, mining, urban expansion, and fire, and with further decimation of forests through unsustainable forestry. Without forests many of these species of animals and plants will become endangered. An estimated one in five people worldwide are dependent on forests for their livelihoods, with 350 million people living directly in or around forests. They play an integral role in regulating water and carbon cycles, preventing desertification, and are a decisive factor in climate regulation.
To continue in their vital role, forests need to be conserved and managed sustainably. Sustainable forest management through PEFC can make a difference.
PEFC’s first Global Consumer Survey resulted in 60% of 13,000 people in 13 countries agreeing that their purchasing choice can make a positive difference to the world’s forests. 54% indicated that a label placed upon the product provided reassurance that environmental and ethical considerations had been taken by the manufacturer. Benders have recognised this and branded our products, cases and promotional items with the clear and concise trademarked PEFC logo. Source: PEFC/GfK Global Consumer Survey (Nov 2014).
By purchasing our products endorsed with the PEFC logo our customers demonstrate their support for the responsible management of one of our planet’s most precious natural resources.
BRC (BRITISH RETAIL CONSORTIUM), CERTIFICATION IN PACKAGING
The BRC Packaging and Packaging Materials Standard is globally renowned. Benders have now retained the BRC packaging certification at an AA grade which is the highest available level for three consecutive years. It is a clear demonstration of our commitment to providing expertly manufactured paper hot cups for the Coffee to Go, Workplace and Wholesale market channels, a quality standard our customers have come to expect from us.
Using BRC standards Benders can quickly identify issues and respond proactively to them with satisfactory resolutions, reducing complaints and rejected products. This helps us to make a positive impact on our customer’s resources by reducing waste.
In short, it ensures Benders Paper Cups adopt a company-wide culture that continuously demonstrates how we consistently deliver on product quality.
SEDEX (SUPPLIER ETHICAL DATA EXCHANGE)
SEDEX (SUPPLIER ETHICAL DATA EXCHANGE) is a not for profit membership organisation dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains.
As a member of Sedex, our customers can be assured that Benders Paper Cups is committed to the continuous improvement of ethical performance within our supply chain. To substantiate this claim, we comply with the SMETA 4 pillar accountability audit. The audit comprises of; labour standards, health and safety, entitlement to work, environmental considerations and business practices. Sedex provides an efficient online system for collecting and analysing information on ethical and responsible business
practices in the supply chain.
We can then communicate this effectively, by making one set of data available to all our customers, encouraging increased engagement. This helps reduce the need for multiple audits, allowing us and our customers to focus on making improvements. The reports available on Sedex help us assess the likelihood of issues occurring in our supply chain so we can prioritise resources to effectively manage these issues, enabling us to offer our customers a timely solution. Many companies now see Sedex as an important part of their responsible sourcing practices and increasingly view Sedex membership as a condition of supply.
Benders first received the prestigious Vendies Best Cup award in 2015. The award has now been retained for a second consecutive year in 2016, an acheivement never before accomplished. The award was received for Benders comprehensive range of single wall vending cups that have been specifically developed to deliver the industry leading performance and consistent quality required by automatic vending. The same exacting standards are applied to our broad range of coffee-to-go cups which are increasingly used by vending operators developing into channels with tabletop systems.
The FPA brings together manufacturers and distributors of packaging used to serve and prepare food and drinks on the go with the UK’s hospitality industry. Together raising standards with regard to packaging safety, environment and in-use performance so helping to maintain a buoyant UK foodservice sector where foodservice operators and caterers are free to choose the packaging they want and can operate within an infrastructure that allows them to continue to flourish and improve the quality and range of their menu to the public.
Requirements of membership of the Foodservice Packaging Association and its Code of Practice give further reassurance and confidence in the quality of Benders paper cups and their compliance with all UK and EU packaging regulations.
PAPER CUP RECOVERY AND RECYCLING GROUP
The Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG) exists to develop collection and recycling opportunities for paper cups and identify and support solutions that sustainably transform used paper cups into a valuable resource.
The PCRRG helps to increase the recognition that used paper cups can provide high quality material to the market place and that there is a need to ensure that it is captured effectively for use elsewhere in the paper supply chain.
The PCRRG is made up of pioneering organisations from across the paper cup supply chain, including: paper cup manufacturers; retailers; recycling and waste management companies and paper reprocessers.
Benders Paper cups are a founding member of the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group, promoting paper cup post-use recycling. We will continue to explore all options on the sustainability and recycling spectrum, and provide our customers clear guidance on the pros and cons of each option.
Click here for information about The Paper Cup Manifesto
Wherever people gather in numbers; at work, in hospitals, railway stations, sporting events – space and time tend to be at a premium. When it comes to meals, breaks and refreshments, variety, choice and fast access are of paramount importance. Vending can meet these requirements and this is where the opportunity for vending begins. The Automatic Vending Association is at the forefront of the industry, supporting, promoting and encouraging the use of vending in the UK. Working across Operator, vending machine manufacturer, vendor or user – all have common cause with an industry that wants to progress, innovate and deliver on its promises.
The Automatic Vending Association also require compliance with their quality standard as a condition of membership.
This combination delivers customer and consumer reassurance of the standard and service delivery they can rely on.
Simply Cups is the UK’s only dedicated collection and recycling service for paper cups. They provide organisations at all stages of the supply chain with a cost-efficient collection and recycling service that reduces operating costs and substantiates environmental claims. In the past paper recycling facilities were unable to separate the PE lining from the paper to enable recycling. Working directly with members Simply Cups assist with the effective segregation of paper cups from mixed paper waste post-consumer use. Segregated cups are collected and sent directly to recycling facilities. Simply Cups operate a variety of collection services depending on location and the volume of materials produced. Click here to find out which is the most appropriate service for you. This process is confirmed through a documented audit trail. As members of Simply Cups we support the initiative through funding. Benders are in the best position to be able to advise our customers on the benefits of joining this initiative.