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A More Circular Approach

We are adopting a more circular approach to ensure we use resources more carefully and don't waste anything. We reuse and recycle, or even better, try to avoid using at all. The food industry has a key role to play in normalizing sustainable practices and we are in a unique position to drive the behavioral change we need.

For us, resource management begins with deploying innovative solutions, like food waste measurement technology, and implementing responsible alternatives, such as using eco-friendly packaging or redistributing food that would be otherwise discarded. To strengthen our commitment, we train our teams and our guests in sustainable practices, and encourage our chefs and employees to be creative and pragmatic in their implementation of environmentally friendly methods.

WasteWatch, an effective solution to food waste

Chef Sodexo pointant une tablette WasteWatchFor us, fighting food waste is a daily commitment. We are the first global food services company to connect our financing to action to prevent food waste. The WasteWatch program and its intelligent waste-measurement technology make it easy for our teams to collect data on food waste in our restaurants, and implement the operational and behavioral changes needed to eliminate waste produced by our kitchens or thrown out by our guests. With the help of our suppliers, clients, and customers, we are committed to collectively reducing our waste by 50%. We are making these figures public to bring a sense of urgency and motivate ourselves to continue to do better.

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Packaging and recycling
Reducing single-use plastic: a vital step for the environment

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Containers, boxes, cups, bowls, utensils, packaging, bags, lids, straws, stirrers… Our daily lives, our landfills, and our oceans are filled with single-use plastics. To fight the growing pollution, we propose innovative, sustainable solutions for packaging and recycling.

We identified our single-use plastic items and offer reusable, natural bioplastic alternatives to our clients in 15 countries, representing 70% of our revenue.

Single-use plastic reduction has also been included in our operational protocols to fight COVID-19.  This approach prioritizes alternatives to plastic for single-use items, along with strict cleaning processes and sustainable packaging solutions in compliance with local health directives.

Working together

Groupe de personnesWhether it’s during the ordering, storage, preparation, or serving process, we work with our teams, clients, and suppliers to reduce waste at all our sites. 

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A More Circular Approach contributes to the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

 

Our Local Initiatives

Australia

In Australia, we have developed a partnership with the anti-food-waste app Yume. We committed to purchasing surplus food that would otherwise be thrown out, significantly reducing our water use and CO2 emissions.

Sweden

In Södertälje, the environmental impact of AstraZeneca’s restaurant Oazen was reduced by 67% in 2019 thanks to the acceleration program Sparx, a program supported by Sodexo, in partnership with Klimato. Sparx has generated initiatives: personnel training, paying by gram for foods consumed, plastics elimination, sustainable supplies, and optimization of the supply chain.

India

In India, we replaced nearly 8 million plastic products with their equivalent made from sustainable materials: paper straws, wooden stirrers, silver zippers, wooden cutlery, and aluminum foil wrappers.

Mission Zero Waste by Sodexo, European Economic and Social Committee

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