We are committed to doing the right thing for our communities, our people and our environment.
As part of our new People, Pubs & Planet strategy, we have set out three key pledges:
Our three major pledges
1 Net zero carbon for direct emissions by 2030
2 Net zero for Scope 3 emissions no later than 2040
3 Zero waste to landfill by 2025
These objectives are purposely ambitious, and while we recognise there is more to be done, we are proud of our achievements so far.
Our extensive investment in new energy-saving initiatives and technology across our pubs and brewery is already demonstrating positive results.
We have also been pleased to see the incredible support and enthusiasm for this strategy from our team members and licensees.
Our people are at the heart of everything we do. We remain an independent family business with many long-serving team members, including several generations of the same family
We actively promote our county through membership of tourism and trade organisations including Visit Kent and Produced in Kent and support our communities through sponsorship of local events
Shepherd Neame is proud to be a founding member of Zero Carbon Forum, the biggest collaborative approach within our sector to drive action to reach net zero targets.
We are working towards achieving Green Mark sustainability certification for our brewery, visitor centre and support offices. This recognised award is for organisations that have robust environmental management systems in place, together with an action plan for improvement, and is fully in line with our three core objectives.
For more than a decade Shepherd Neame has been a member of Sedex, one of the world’s leading ethical trade organisations, working to help businesses operate responsibly and sustainably, protect workers and source ethically.
The majority of our suppliers are Sedex-registered and have an environmental accreditation where relevant. We regularly monitor our suppliers’ standards to ensure they are in keeping with our own ethos and values, and work with them to improve sustainability performance.
We are also promoting initiatives in areas including environmental preservation and human rights throughout the entire supply chain by working closely with suppliers, processing vendors, customers and distribution companies.
Shepherd Neame’s other accreditations include the BRC (British Retail Consortium) Global Standard for Food Safety and FEMAS (Feed Materials Assurance Scheme). We hold Soil Association organic accreditation for our award-winning Whitstable Bay Organic Ale, and are the only brewer in the UK to have Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for our beers, aimed at highlighting regional and traditional food and drink whose authenticity and origin can be guaranteed. Our beers with PGI status are Spitfire Amber Kentish Ale and Master Brew Kentish Ale, Bishops Finger Kentish Strong Ale and 1698 Bottle Conditioned Kentish Strong Ale.