Leading food service supplier http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2011/02/25/337255/Brakes-beefs-up-its-CSER-policy.htm" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">Brakes Group](http://www.brakesgroup.com/) has achieved the joint highest new entry status in the Business in the Community's 2011 *Corporate Responsibility Index*.
The group, which only launched its [Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility programme last year, shot into the Silver indexed table of the voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility.
The silver rank denotes firms that "frequently demonstrate effective stakeholder engagement and have reliable baseline data".
"This is a tremendous achievement and should not be under-estimated," said Brakes marketing director James Armitage. "Approximately 150 companies enter the CR Index every year, of which only 20% achieve silver and above.
"Even more impressive is the fact that this is the first time that Brakes Group has entered the CR Index, following the launch of our CSER strategy in autumn 2010. It is a great accomplishment for a company to achieve a ranking on their first attempt."
Initiatives that Brakes has committed to include: reducing food miles, doubling its Marine Stewardship Council products by the end of 2012, meeting government health and nutrition targets, delivering one million meal equivalents to the vulnerable, and setting up an employee volunteering programme.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>