Savills work with Rethink Food


Founded by former primary school head teacher, Nathan Atkinson and former primary school teacher, Kevin Mackay, Rethink Food launched in 2015 and is dedicated to educating children about food. Savills became Rethink Food’s founding sponsors in 2019, with the business sponsoring nine towers in schools in Yorkshire. This year, Savills is proud to have sponsored 22 garden towers in cities across the UK.

The organisation recently won a Silver Award in the 2020 Global Good Awards for best Education Programme for a small organisation. The award was largely for the World Food Day event held in 2019 that saw the launch of the vertical farming tower programme. Taking place at arts venue Left Bank Leeds, the evening saw pupils and parents from 17 state schools across Yorkshire come together to celebrate their involvement in the Rethink Food project which links with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This year’s sponsorship will fund the installation of Rethink Food vertical tower gardens in 22 state primary schools, accompanied by year-long curriculum support based on growing food and sustainability. The education programme focuses on enabling pupils to relate to food, understand where it comes from and for them to learn about sustainability and avoiding waste. In addition to the theory, children also gain practical skills through building the tower, planting seeds, measuring growth and checking PH balances and water levels.

Savills has additionally been involved with Rethink via volunteering at foodbanks and hosting fundraisers such as cooking competitions for the group.

The 34 towers provided align with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. This is in line with Savills UK sustainability strategy that has aligned its targets with nine of these 17 goals including:

  • Good Health & Well-Being - to provide healthy workplaces, encourage healthy lifestyles and raise awareness of mental health & wellbeing.
  • Quality Education - to create opportunities for growth and development to our people and within the communities we operate in.
  • Gender Equality - to promote gender equality and create a diverse and inclusive environment for all.
    Affordable & Clean Energy - aim to maximise energy efficiency, minimise carbon emissions and achieve Net Zero by 2030.
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth - committed to operating responsibly and offering fair, safe and a diverse workplace.
    Sustainable Cities and Communities – to work with councils and town centres to create sustainable places and are committed to supporting communities and local initiatives.
  • Responsible Consumption and Production - seek to reduce our environmental impacts through active operational management and responsible procurement.
  • Climate Action - aim to achieve Net Zero carbon for our workplaces and company owned vehicles by 2030.
  • Life On Land - expect suppliers to operate responsibly and seek to protect biodiversity and ecosystems.