Leon has become the first eating out business to sign up to all 14 commitments put forward by the Council for Sustainable Business’ (CSB) to protect and improve the environment.

The CSB was established two years ago at the request of the government, with Leon CEO John Vincent chairing it with a mandate as “sounding board, challenger, critic, innovator and advisor to the Secretary of State, Ministers and Defra policy teams”.

In a virtual meeting of over 200 business leaders, including CEOs and chairs from nearly half of the FTSE 100, Leon singed up to the commitments, aimed at making Britain a leader of environmentally sustainable economies.

The set of 14 commitments that encourage businesses to do more, by reporting on and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and furthering their work to support biodiversity.

They focus on the steps being taken to advance a sustainable, green future and the need to cut carbon emissions and restore nature and wildlife over the next 10 years.

John Vincent MBE said: “Young people are asking what action companies and governments taking to save life on our planet. As CEO of Leon and as the founding chair of the Council for Sustainable Business I owe it to my daughters to answer this question. Business leaders can start by signing up to the CSB commitments. And by getting other leaders to do the same. And to do so soon.

“Today’s event brought together the leading leaders of British businesses. Business is not separate from nature. It is part of nature. We have a choice to destroy our planet or to save it.”

Leon is inviting other restaurant businesses to look at the commitments and start conversations on what can be done within the industry to help, particularly as the agriculture industry produces a significant 10% of UK emissions.