The catering sector looks for increasing its capacity to act as innovation driver whereby it can collaborate with SMEs and enhance local and regional economic life. Despite high expectations of sustainable procurement and catering services, the actual progress has often been modest. Most important factors to hinder progress list the following: lack of inspiration in the concept of sustainability, lack of matching learning resources, isolated best practices, low competence in applying public procurement directive of 2014, underdeveloped organic and low-input markets as well as differently oriented organizational and business needs.
The StratKIT project aims to enhance the use of sustainable catering services in the BSR through the following activities:
- Mapping the current situation. The project brings together professionals in the catering sector so that they can network and become animated about sustainable developments on the area. StratKIT collects information about the current status of the sector in respective countries and highlights both the problems and the best practices; thereby a big picture emerges about the ongoing developments.
- Systematizing the framework for different developmental paths and showing how strategic progress can be made towards increased sustainability. These models also include international knowledge base and most importantly, innovative novel approaches by BSR professionals, be they public administrators, procurers or caterers in StratKIT events.
- Tuning the results into the BSR Sustainability Toolkit, which will be an easy-to-follow and bottom-up guidance for sector’s professionals. This tuning of the results meets the reality of the professionals and speeds up local applications for sustainability. The toolkit will be pilot-tested in all partner countries.
- Harmonizing progress towards sustainable procurement and catering services across BSR, thus strengthening strategic efforts on the public authorities and organizational/business sustainability path. These achievements will bring BSR countries decision-makers closer each other, have a positive impact on societal appreciation of public services and give a strong message in the market and among customers in BSR.
- University of Helsinki, Finland (lead partner)
- Agrathaer, Germany
- IFAU Institute for Food Studies and Agroindustrial Development, Denmark
- Municipality of Aarhus, Denmark
- Municipality of Rybnik, Poland
- Tallinn City Government, Estonia
- Finnish Professional Catering Association, Finland
- Baltic Restaurants/Daily, Estonia
- Central Denmark EU – Office, Denmark
- Estonian Regional and Local Development Agency, Estonia
- The Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Russia
- Council of Municipalities of St Petersburg, Russia