We are in a strong position to contribute to this global challenge through our core services, working with our clients and suppliers to achieve our common sustainability goals.

Our climate journey started in 2010, in collaboration with WWF, when we decided to measure our Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon emissions annually. During the same year, we participated in CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) Climate change for the first time. In 2017, thanks to our actions and the commitment of our teams, we had reduced our Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon emissions by 40% (compared to 2011 baseline). 

We didn’t stop there! In 2019, we started to measure our Scope 3 Supply Chain carbon emissions which allowed us to commit to reducing our carbon emissions by 34% by 2025 (compared to 2017) on Scope 1, 2 and 3. This commitment was approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in July 2019, making us the first food services company to align its objective to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

In 2020, Sodexo joined CDP’s A List of global climate change leaders delivering key progress on its carbon strategy. More recently, Sodexo joined RE100 committing to 100% Renewable Energy in its operations by 2025.

We continue to collaborate with WWF to measure the entire Scope 3 carbon emissions, occurring from activities with our clients and suppliers. These represent the greater potential for improving our environmental performance.

A comprehensive roadmap to net zero and decarbonisation of the business in the United Kingdom and Ireland

In October 2021, Sodexo has announced a comprehensive roadmap to net zero and decarbonisation of the business in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The team has been working with international experts, the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), to ensure that its net zero strategy is thorough, impactful and transparent. The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) drives ambitious climate action by enabling companies to set science-based emissions reduction targets, in line with a 1.5 degree future. 

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We have identified four drivers to reduce the environmental impact of our various activities:

Fighting food waste

Chef Sodexo using a WasteWatch tabletSince its launch, WasteWatch has helped us reduce food waste at participating sites by 50%. This represents a savings of about 2,468 tones of food with a 17,163 tones reduction in carbon emissions.
For us, fighting food waste is a day-to-day effort. Thanks to the WasteWatch program and its intelligent waste-measurement technology, our teams can rapidly and easily capture food waste data, and drive cultural and behavioral change to cut food waste generated in the kitchen as well as that left on our consumers’ plates.

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Promoting plant-based meals options

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, raising livestock produces 14.5% of all emissions linked to climate change, nearly 7 times more than global air transportation.

Sustainable food choices are an essential driver of carbon emissions reduction. To create a new balance with sustainable protein and plant-based options on our menus, we are raising public awareness of the environmental benefits of plant-based meals. We are encouraging people to change their dietary habits by offering sustainable meals and delicious plant-based dishes in 5,000 kitchens around the worldwide.

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Building a low-carbon supply chain

Half of Sodexo’s carbon emissions come from our supply chain, primarily from commodities such as meat and dairy products, palm oil and paper, which also drive deforestation. Ensuring every euro we spend will create a positive impact on individuals, communities and the environment is at the heart of our responsible sourcing strategy. For the natural ecosystem pillar of this roadmap, our approach is based on three key ambitions: promoting sustainable agriculture, co-developing products and services based on the principles of the circular economy and improving resource efficiency.

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Promoting innovative energy solutions by putting our energy management experience to work

As a member of RE100, Sodexo is switching to 100% renewable electricity by 2025 at its directly operated sites. RE100 is a global initiative bringing together the world's most influential companies leading the transition to 100% renewable electricity. This commitment covers Sodexo’s directly operated sites under the Scope 1 and Scope 2 activities as per the GHG Protocol guidelines. Our ambition is to extend to our clients: every day, around the world, through our energy management services we promote the use of renewable energy, generating significant savings and returns on investment for them.

Sodexo is also committed to progressively transition away from coal sector projects as part of its strategy to selectively grow its presence in specific mining markets since 2015; aiming to exit the sector by 2025. Sodexo is increasingly supporting diversified energy clients that are willing to shift to new business streams and renewable energies.

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Reducing our environmental impact contributes to the following United Nations Sustainable Goals:

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Our local examples

Energy Management Service

In the United Kingdom, Sodexo offers a complete energy management service that includes defining an energy strategy, compliance, procurement, monitoring, and implementation of technology to improve energy efficiency. Thanks to Sodexo's solutions, many clients have generated annual savings and significant returns on investment.

Triballat Noyal in France

Triballat Noyal, a supplier of organic dairy products for Sodexo, uses renewable energy and has reduced production waste through its recycling policy.

Plant-based Eggs

In the United States, we partner with JUST (Eat JUST, Inc.), serving its famous plant-based eggs. The eggs are cholesterol-free, contain no GMOs, and provide as much protein as a conventional egg. Even though they are cooked just like eggs and have the same taste, their production uses 98% less water and 83% less land, and emits 93% less carbon than conventional eggs.

*absolute reduction compared to 2017

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