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Corporate Responsibility at Sodexo

Ever since Sodexo was founded in 1966, corporate responsibility has been at the heart of what we do. It was an innovative idea at the time, one that we have worked on and developed as our company has grown. It's something we strongly believe in, now more than ever, as our employees, clients, suppliers, consumers and shareholders expect our growth to have a global positive impact.

Corporate responsibility is both an imperative and a challenge for every organization, and collaborative practices are an essential improvement tool for all partners. Our commitments to CR are a solid advantage for our clients and suppliers, who can rely on our experience to help them achieve their own sustainability goals.

Identifying the Main Challenges

In 2019 Sodexo carried out its second materiality analysis with the support of Business for Social Responsibility*. It was conducted in response to large-scale social, societal and environmental problems, as well as changes in the market and stakeholder expectations.

The results of the materiality analysis showed an increase in the importance of climate change mitigation, healthy and sustainable diets, food waste reduction, and diversity and inclusion. These results have also allowed us to optimize implementation of initiatives and manage the risks associated with the findings of the analysis.
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Our Commitments and Goals

Today, choosing responsible growth means pursuing and continuing to make the best possible choices, as well as focusing on safety, health, and respect for the environment. We need to improve the way we take care of our employees, the food and services we provide, and our actions as a corporate citizen.

Better Tomorrow 2025 guides our work and orients our progress on the most important issues. Some of these concern our business directly, while on others we can have an indirect impact.

Better Tomorrow 2025 follows the guidelines of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs were launched in 2015. They set worldwide goals in 17 key areas that governments, corporations and society must take into account in order to make the world a more equitable, fair and sustainable place by 2030. All of our initiatives are aligned with these goals.

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Follow our Progress

In every country in which we operate, corporate responsibility can be clearly seen in our actions and policies, supported by our partners' expertise. In keeping with our commitments, we evaluate and share our progress according to the founding principles of our governance.

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Our Progress in Numbers

Every year, we collect data, verified via internal and external audits, on over 10,000 sites in 47 countries. This data is used to measure our progress against performance indicators around the environment and our carbon footprint. As of 2020, our 'Site Engagement Assessment' provides site managers with additional methods of analyzing sustainability to make a positive impact.

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Our Policies and Positioning

We know how important it is to work responsibly to reduce any negative impact that may result from our business activities. We have implemented policies and codes of conduct, which our partners are required to follow. They clarify our practices and policies in terms of human rights, animal welfare and procurement.

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Making Progress Together: Partnerships

To support our corporate responsibility roadmap and foster change, we count on the partnerships with international organizations that share our values and fight for the same causes. Among several shared initiatives, we are particularly committed to protecting animal welfare, improving procurement practices and reducing food waste.

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Awards and Recognitions

It is our values, not prizes and awards, that drive our commitment to conducting our business responsibly. However, we are honored and proud whenever our efforts and those of our teams are recognized and applauded. These awards encourage us to continue improving our long-term impact and the sustainability of our operations.

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