Local purchasing policy

Effective date : 7th March, 2023


As a business we aim to meet high standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability, to balance purpose and profit. To do this we have created this sustainable procurement policy statement, which outlines our approach to purchasing products and services in line with our goals.


As a small business, we are heavily dependent on the market conditions and environment we operate in. The UAE imports 80-90% of the food it consumes1 and this is both a blessing and a curse. We can get almost any ingredient that is required in a recipe from the multitude of importers that supply us, but this comes at the cost of a long and carbon-reliant supply chain that increases food waste vs. shorter, local ones.

Buying locally has many benefits, including2 :
  1. Supporting small businesses in the region that create jobs and contribute to the local community
  2. Reducing the environmental impact of the global supply chain through a reduction in greenhouse gasses and food waste that is caused by long international supply chains
  3. Getting better service from local experts that are passionate about their business and products
  4. Creating a sustainable local economy that is self-sufficient and more resilient against macro-economic events

Our commitment

When purchasing products or services we will first look at products produced locally, or services rendered by local businesses (within 80 kilometers of our Dubai premises) and these will take preference over any products or services sourced internationally. We will only source internationally if:
  1. The required product is not available locally
  2. We believe the product is of inferior quality compared to its imported alternative
  3. The supplier of the product does not meet our prerequisites outlined in our supplier code of conduct

When possible, we source from family-owned, female-owned or another underrepresented population owned supplier. This way we support a diverse group of suppliers.

We prefer to source products and services from suppliers who have initiatives that reduce their impact on the environment and are focused on creating a positive social impact.

With the UAE investing heavily in its food security, this will become easier as time goes by, and we will ensure that we stay up to date with the latest developments in product, supplier, and supply chain innovations within the region.

1 https://foodmatterslive.com/article/uae-new-food-strategy-reducing-imports-investing-agtech
2 https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/37454707/local-purchasing-policy-b-corporation
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