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ENGIE partners with coffee specialist social enterprise ‘Change Please’ at Grant Thornton
As a result of ENGIE’S supply chain partnership with Nu-ingredient caterers, a new relationship with the social enterprise, Change Please has been formed.
The introduction of Change Please, replacing a multi-national coffee chain, follows a re-tendering of the catering contract at the sites, where ENGIE was looking to partner with innovative companies. Nu-ingredient was selected because it is a locally focused company that offers a range of innovations, including the partnership with Change Please.
Backed by Big Issue Invest, Change Please produces award-winning coffee blends and supplies to businesses in the most sustainable way. The key strength of their social mission is to support homeless people by providing full barista training along with additional housing, financial guidance and wellbeing support. All baristas are paid the London Living Wage.
Change Please founder Cemal Ezel recently won the UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 award and the Chivas Venture 2018 award – a competition to find the World’s Best Social Enterprise.
ENGIE’s John Farrell, Account Director at Grant Thornton, commented: “Teaming up with NU-ingredient and Change Please is a clear illustration of ENGIE’s ethos of supporting local communities and driving social change. We are delighted to embark upon this exciting new relationship with a dynamic social enterprise and welcome the Change Please teams to the NU-Café outlets; both for the good they do and the great coffee they serve.”
ENGIE has been working in partnership with Grant Thornton since 2009, during which time the company has delivered significant cost savings and improvements to FM service quality, consistency and compliance. Recent additions to the contract include the ENGIE Assure programme of guaranteed energy reduction and award of an electricity supply contract from October 2018.