We try to do things the right way at Hawksmoor, not because it’s trendy and cool (we sourced British meat before it was trendy) or because we’re natural tree-huggers or hippy peaceniks. We do it because we want to – it’s the kind of company we want to be and the kind of restaurants we want to run. We want a business we can be proud of – whether that’s making sure the food we serve is as good as possible, that the animals the food comes from lived a decent life, or that everyone who works with us enjoys what they do.
Two achievements we’re particularly proud of are our three star Sunday Times Best Companies 2014 Award (which saw us named the best restaurant company to work for in the top 100!) and our three star Sustainable Restaurant Association award (think Michelin stars – 1 star = great, 2 stars = exceptional, 3 stars = mind-blowing).
In an industry where short-term employment is depressingly commonplace, we try as hard as possible to create jobs that people enjoy and be a company where they can settle down and build a career. It seems to be working – people tend to stay with us for a really long time. We’re sure the decent money helps, but we think there’s a lot more to creating great jobs than just paying well.
We’ve finally managed to get our maximum 3* rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, which makes us officially one of the most ethical and sustainable restaurants in the country. The Sustainable Restaurant Association (www.thesra.org), a not-for-profit organisation committed to promoting sustainability across the UK’s restaurant industry.
Both Hawksmoor and the SRA are committed to
sourcing food ethically, working to improve our environmental impact, treating employees and suppliers well and helping local and national charities wherever possible.
The SRA said, “Hawksmoor has very strong sourcing practices, ranging from the use of high welfare meat to supporting local breweries and sourcing only the most sustainable seafood. Staff and suppliers are all very positive about the company, its sustainability practices and excellent staff benefits.”
Springboard is a charity that helps young, unemployed and disadvantaged people by providing opportunities for employment in hospitality. We are working with them to try and help young unemployed Londoners find work and hopefully begin long careers in hospitality.
We also do a lot of work for Action Against Hunger – www.actionagainsthunger.org – who work to combat hunger around the world. They provide immediate relief in disaster zones and work hard to give communities the tools, training and support they need to become self sufficient.
We are aware that we are privileged to work every day with food and drink and it feels right for us to support a charity that helps people access these things when they are most in need. In 2012 we raised/donated over £100,000 for the charity which was boosted to over £150,000 as the UK government doubled pledges for a two-month period. Our aim to raise a bigger total this year, which will include another Dreamteam dinner and the profits from our book, Hawksmoor at Home.
“Action Against Hunger is incredibly lucky to receive such amazing and loyal support from Hawksmoor. They have been very involved with our fundraising efforts for several years now and do an overwhelming amount for the organisation; raising nearly £50,000 in 2011 alone.
Hawksmoor is also integral to helping raise awareness about the work we do and the team is exceptional at rallying support from the restaurant industry. They take a keen interest in all that we do and are always there to support us every step of the way.
Hawksmoor is an incredibly valued supporter to Action Against Hunger and they really do make a difference to the life-saving work that we do.”
Jean-Michel Grand, Executive Director – Action Against Hunger UK