Social Impact Pledge

Food Standards Scotland


Social Impact Pledge logo

Food Standards Scotland pledges to:

Challenge ourselves to increase the positive impact we make on our local community and make better use of our assets – our buildings/grounds and our people.

In the next six months we will do at least three things that we don’t do at the moment to improve our social impact.                                                                                                        

Signed, Signature of chief executiveGeoff Ogle, Chief Executive, April 2018.                                                                                                                                                                     

1st Commitment

To employ our first Modern Apprentice in our Head Office. This will support the Year of Young People and provide an opportunity for an individual to gain a qualification while in paid employment.                           

Geographical location of impact

  • Pilgrim House, Old Ford Road, Aberdeen

Contact details

  • Jennifer England, HR Manager

2nd Commitment

To promote the paid special leave entitlement for volunteering of up to three days per year - giving staff more opportunities to volunteer time and skills to good causes.

Geographical location of impact

  • Scotland wide, as available to all our workforce who cover the whole of the country.

Contact details

  • Jennifer England, HR Manager

3rd Commitment

To support the Scottish Government's Year of Young People by building partnerships with relevant organisations eg YoungScot; by developing events and campaigns targeted at students and younger people eg Edinburgh International Science Festival / Fresher's Week roadshows; and by providing a suite of educational resources and access to food hygiene training in schools.

Geographical location of impact

  • Scotland wide

Contact details

  • katherine Goodwin, Head of Communications and Marketing


Additional information

We currently also work closely with local schools in health promotion activities and offering work experience placements.

We also source catering from a local business employing people with disabilities.

We also have an existing relationship with Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) and support them by arranging catering from the Initiative for meetings and other events. One of our Branches has also spent a day volunteering with them and participating in their work.