Together with Values and Compassion

Future First Charter

Milton Hill House is proud to be part of The Venues Collection, who operate a social purpose framework to make sure the impact we have on the world around us is a positive one.

We welcome thousands of guests through our doors every year so we have a responsibility to ensure The Venues Collection has a clear social purpose to better our planet and all the people we interact with.

We are more than just a collection of venues. This is why we created our Future First Charter, a framework to deliver our social purpose.

The charter outlines our commitments in 3 areas – each with its own measurable goals. Our commitments are integrally linked with our 3 brand pillars of great food, great service, great space. These areas are People Pledge, Food Focus & Enriching Environments.

Below you can see our 2023 commitments, check back soon for our 2024 promises.

People Pledge

We believe in inclusive working environments, where everyone can feel welcome and equally represented no matter what area of our business you work in. Everyone matters and everyone is valued. We listen to our guest feedback and want to make their visits as enjoyable as possible.

By the end of 2024 we will have:

Grown Talent In Our Business

  • Grown our talent from within, we will have at least three apprentices per venue
  • Our line managers will be enrolled on a bespoke ‘Leadership and Management’ programme, to support continuous improvement of our department heads and cultivate an enriched workplace.

Food Focus

We believe our industry has a responsibility to do more for the teams we work with, the communities we work in, and the planet. The Venues Collection is committed to achieving climate Net Zero.

By the end of 2024 we will have:

Minimised Food Waste

  • Zero food waste – no matter what we’re cooking, our approach is ‘root to stem, nose to tail.’ We measure and monitor all waste removed from site e.g.:
    • 100% of our food waste will go to anaerobic digestion, to produce green gas
    • 100% of our used cooking oil will go to produce bio-diesel

Supported animal welfare and reduced our carbon emissions

  • We will continue to use Red Tractor assured chicken and milk, so you know these ingredients have been responsibly sourced, safely produced and come from crops and animals that have been well cared for – so it’s good for you and good for British farmers
  • We will continue to display the carbon footprint of our dishes, helping guests to make educated, climate-friendly choices.
  • We will continue to eliminate the use of any air freight ingredients to actively reduce our carbon impact
  • Our menus will continue to prioritise British grown ingredients, with less food miles
  • At least 50% of our menus will continue to be plant-forward, with a great choice of alternative proteins
  • All our desserts are made without dairy to reduce our impact on greenhouse gas emissions.

Enriching Environments

These commitments benefit everyone; for our employees, an enriching place to work; for our guests, flexible, sustainable spaces to meet, sleep and celebrate; for our planet, considered actions and activities to support the wellbeing and future of the planet.

By the end of 2024 we will have:

Reduced the Impact of our Facilities

  • We will have zero waste going to landfill, which will mean that all waste produced is either reused, recycled, composted, or sent to energy recovery
  • We will have installed energy monitoring on all sites, to design an energy reduction strategy for each site
  • We will have installed water saving measures at many of our sites, which will reduce the water we use by 460,000 litres of water per year
  • We will continue to measure and monitor all waste removed from site, to create an offsetting action plan
  • We will have recycled over 50% of our overall waste and are committed to increase this year on year
  • Reduced our CO2 emissions by over 500 tonnes this year
  • Generated over 1 million kwh of renewable electricity at our venues
  • Produced enough energy from solar to drive an electric vehicle 500,000 miles, which is the equivalent of flying from the UK to Australia and back 26 times!

Support Helen & Douglas House Hospice

We have chosen Helen & Douglas as our chosen charity as they do an amazing job supporting and caring for terminally ill children as well as supporting local families in our surrounding communities. 

Helen & Douglas House Hospice improves the lives of local terminally ill children and their families living in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. They are the world’s first children’s hospice and provide individualised respite and end-of-life care in the hospice, at home and in the hospital. Their amazing care makes it possible for local families to create happy memories with their loved ones to last forever. Helen & Douglas aim to raise £3.6 million each year to care for local terminally ill children.

This is Nathan, one of the children that visit Helen & Douglas Hospice enjoying arts and crafts with one of the care team volunteers, Hilary.

Learn More About Helen & Douglas Hospice

Meetings for Change

The Venues Collection recognise the risks posed to the planet from climate change and that the consequences of this change are being felt by people all around the world, that’s why, as part of our Future First Charter we created ‘Meetings for Change’.

Meeting Rooms in Oxford

For all our meeting, conference and events

We believe in using fresh, seasonal products
We aim that 80% of ingredients on our menus are to be British grown. All the chicken and milk we serve is Red Tractor assured.

We believe in the power of plants
We offer plant-forward menus, with a choice of great-tasting alternative proteins.

We believe in zero waste
Whatever we’re cooking for your meeting or event our approach is root-to-stem, nose-to-tail. We use recycled and reusable packaging wherever we can.

We believe in ethical sourcing
Our teas and coffees come from responsible suppliers. Our chocolate is Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certified.

We believe in protecting our planet
Our climate promise is to reach Net Zero by 2030

For more information please speak to one of our venue experts.

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