Biosphere Certified is an internationally recognized label awarded by the Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI), which certifies the work of GAU Catering according to the principles of sustainability, social and environmental commitment.
The Biosphere seal is very easy to recognize: its shape resembles that of a flower whose petals change color. Its tones do not follow any pattern, but match the colors of the logo of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN. That is, the 17 goals approved in 2015 with the aim of protecting the planet and improving the lives of all of us who inhabit it.
The Biosphere Certified label is awarded by the RTI (an independent body created in 1995 with the support of UNESCO) to entities that make efforts to contribute to achieving these 17 goals. Its purpose is to support, differentiate and give visibility to initiatives with sustainable practices.
To award this certificate, an audit team verifies and analyzes the sustainable efforts implemented by each entity through an independent, objective, impartial and transparent methodology. Thus, only those entities that have demonstrated good practices and maintained them over time are awarded this seal of guarantee.
It is estimated that, in Spain, more than 27% of the population is at risk of poverty or exclusion. To reduce these figures and promote social growth in our environment, from GAU Catering we collaborate with different programs and social projects.
17% of all food produced is wasted in a world where hundreds of millions of people go hungry. As a sustainable catering company, reducing these figures is one of our main objectives. That is why we take measures to prevent food waste.
Achieving real equality between men and women is one of the major challenges of our time. At GAU Catering we work to promote the empowerment of women in the workplace and ensure that our work systems guarantee respect among employees and gender equality.
Clean waterand sanitation
In a world where one in four people do not have access to drinking water and where climate change threatens to increase this inequality, saving water is essential. Therefore, in all of GAU Catering’s facilities and events, our priority is to make efficient use of this resource.
Affordable andclean energy
Affordable, clean energy is essential to address climate change, reduce air pollution and promote equitable access to energy services. At GAU, we promote sustainable mobility and have renovated our facilities by investing in more energy-efficient machinery and renewable energies. We encourage energy saving measures among employees, customers and suppliers.
Decent work and economic growth
With the aim of creating and maintaining decent jobs, at GAU Catering we facilitate the reconciliation between work and personal life, protecting the rights of our employees. In addition, we give opportunities to people from disadvantaged groups or those who are starting out in the world of work, and we do our best so that all GAU Catering employees can grow professionally and improve their conditions.
Responsible consumption and production
Encouraging sustainable consumption and production patterns is a fundamental objective for a sustainable and environmentally friendly catering company. Through our best practices we seek to promote the 3Rs: Reduce, Recycle and Reuse, as well as adopting measures to minimize waste.
The science is clear: global temperature today is 1.1ºC higher than before the Industrial Revolution and is likely to reach 1.5ºC in the coming decades. All this translates into droughts, heat waves and more extreme storms, among other consequences. To reduce our impact on climate change, GAU Catering measures and compensates the carbon footprint of our activity.
Partnerships for the goals
Promote alliances to contribute to sustainable development together. From GAU we participate, collaborate, and are involved in several Associations (AEC, AEPEG, Catalunya Convention Bureau, Cluster Food Service…) that contribute to strengthen our knowledge, resources and in turn promote sustainability.