Sodexo, the main catering provider on campus, has partnered with a local business, Redemption Roasters. They train and support young offenders in barista skills and how to roast their exceptional coffee in prisons.
Redemption Roasters not only makes delicious coffee, but it does great things. With multiple training centres in UK prisons, Redemption Roasters give young offenders the chance to upskill for a new life after prison. Their Social Impact report states ’We are a London-based social enterprise who believe that we can reduce reoffending in the UK through specialty coffee... We already know that prisoners are 50% more likely to reoffend if they leave prison without skills and a job. And we know that in specialty coffee people need exceptional skills’.
Neil Whittle, the Contract Director from Sodexo said: ’Sustainability is at the heart of our day-to-day operation, so when we first heard of Redemption Roasters, we thought they are a perfect fit to what we stand for as a UCL business partner and wanted to invite them to work in partnership with us.’
Redemption Roasters are not the only local business which Sodexo supports at UCL. Many of the cakes, pastries, muffins and tray bakes in the Redemption Roasters Artisan Café in the Refectory are sourced from the Bread Factory - a bakery from North London.
The Sodexo team are involved in sustainability initiatives across UCL, aligned to the new UCL Sustainability Strategy. Supporting small local enterprises that offer ethical sourcing is one of their main priorities.
Redemption Roasters’ coffee is now available in the Refectory.