Important Dates

Entry Open:

1st November 2016

Entry Close:

31st March 2017

Entry to the awards is via the internet only. In order to make an entry to the awards you need to register or login if you are already registered. You will also need to register or login to nominate and vote for the individual awards. The cost of each entry is £95.00 exc. VAT (non refundable). Payment methods will be detailed when you file an entry.

Shortlist Announced:

3rd May 2017

Winners Announced & Presentation Dinner:

To be confirmed

Award Process Overview

  • Entries will be submitted online using the form provided and by uploading supplementary supporting material or documentary evidence
  • Entries will be shortlisted by the judging panel using the initial form on the website and without recourse to the supplementary information (where Sponsors have also agreed to be Judges, they will be excluded from any category where they have submitted an entry
  • The judges will pick winners and runners up from the shortlist with the help of supplementary information uploaded by the entrant
  • Entrants will be advised of their nomination for an award and invited to attend the awards event
  • The winners and runners up in each category will be announced at the awards event


Entry Criteria and Assessment

Exclusively foodservice

The awards are exclusively for businesses operating in any area of foodservice supply chain.

Sustainability in foodservice

The Footprint Awards define sustainability in line with the Brundtland Report report: that is “operating in a way that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

As recommended by the RSA Forum for the Environment, The Footprint Awards are guided by the UK government white paper “A Better Quality of Life” (1999) where four objectives are described:

  • Effective protection of the environment
  • Prudent use of natural resources
  • Social progress which recognises the needs of everyone
  • Maintenance of high and stable levels of economic growth and employment


These are the basis for creating the award categories and assessing the entries.

Assessment Overview

The following factors will be taken into account:

  • The quality of your entry
  • The degree of innovation and originality shown
  • Evidence of measurable reduction in negative impact on the environment and increased sustainability – benefits to a community, the economy, and social aspects
  • How what’s been achieved is promoted so that best practice can be adopted by others
  • Involvement by relevant stakeholders in the actions you have taken
  • Continuous improvement to existing programmes
  • Replicability – can this activity be copied by others for the general benefit of the foodservice community?
  • Compliance: with regulations or recognised accreditation schemes


  • You must be commercially active in foodservice
  • Your entry must be foodservice related
  • Your entry must be related to sustainability
  • The focus of the entry should be on UK Foodservice
  • Entrants must adhere to published timelines and formats for entries which may change from time to time
  • Entrants must not have any outstanding legal proceedings against them that relate to the entries submitted

Terms and Conditions of Entry