Mitchells & Butlers and Spirit Pub Company have been shortlisted for this year’s Footprint Awards, which are the foodservice industry’s only award scheme encouraging sustainability and responsible business throughout the supply chain. There are 13 awards in total, 11 open to nominations, and two – the Community Vote and Special Achievement Award, which are in the hands of the public and a team of Footprint judges. Footprint Media Group chief executive Nick Fenwicke-Clennell said: “The sheer number and quality of entries demonstrates that the way our industry perceives sustainability has changed enormously in recent years. The very notion of sustainability having once been a “buzz-word” has become outdated. “This shortlist is testament to the fact that it is now a critical issue very much embedded in business plans and acknowledged as an area that can really add value to operations. However, this is by no means a fait accompli. The goalposts continue to move and there is certainly no room for complacency for those organisations who want to continue to make their mark in this area.”