Sodexo at Loyola Marymount University Earns Marine Stewardship Council Sustainable Seafood Certification
April 16, 2013
Achievement makes LMU the first Catholic Jesuit University in the U.S. to earn the distinction and advance Sodexo’s global commitment to promote MSC certified seafood
Los Angeles, Calif., April 16, 2013 — Sodexo, the leading provider of Quality of Life Services, today announced achieving Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody certification for its dining service partner at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). The comprehensive traceability program assures the 7,000 daily LMU customers that their MSC seafood purchases can be traced all the way back through the supply chain to sustainable fisheries.
The focus on certified sustainable seafood is in line with LMU’s strategic plan to promote global citizenship and ethical sustainability, with the recent MSC certification being yet another milestone. “After becoming the first university in California to achieve the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness GREAT Kitchen certification, this further demonstrates our commitment to environmental stewardship.” said Ray Dennis, associate vice president of auxiliary management and business services for Loyola Marymount University.
The MSC certification process was led by Wassim Boustani, director of operations for Sodexo at Loyola Marymount University. It entailed an inspection conducted by a third-party auditor as well as training of frontline staff. MSC’s Chain of Custody Certification ensures that in every step of the chain – from the fisher, to the processor, to the distributor and the end user – MSC-certified seafood is not mixed with or substituted for non-certified seafood. A distinctive MSC blue eco-label is subsequently displayed confirming that the seafood comes from a sustainable fishery that also has been awarded MSC certification.
Sodexo recently rolled out the same certification program at other client locations in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. They include: National Geographic, National Academy of Sciences, National Aquarium, The Brookings Institution, International Monetary Fund, Gannett, Marriott International, Sodexo Headquarters (Rio Café), Marymount University, The University of Mary Washington and George Mason University. The program in the D.C metro area is expected to reach more than one million consumers, and help Sodexo raise awareness about its North American commitment to seafood sustainability.
“Sodexo’s commitment to seafood sustainability is significant and is helping to transform the global seafood market to a more sustainable basis,” said Kerry Coughlin, regional director for MSC Americas. “By obtaining MSC Chain of Custody certification and displaying the MSC eco-label, Sodexo is assuring consumers the seafood they are purchasing is the seafood identified, comes from a MSC certified sustainable fishery and can be traced from their plate to that fishery.”
Sodexo serves more than 15 million customers daily throughout North America. Its potential for contributing to a more sustainable fishing industry is significant. It specifically calls for the sourcing of sustainable fish and seafood as part of its Better Tomorrow Plan and through its partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices. Sodexo is working with its suppliers and distribution partners to phase out seafood that is not certified by one of these bodies.
Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc. (sodexoUSA.com), leading Quality of Life services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On-site Services in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $17 million in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.
Sodexo is the global leader in services that improve Quality of Life, an essential factor in individual and organizational performance. Operating in 80 countries, Sodexo serves 75 million consumers each day through its unique combination of On-site Services, Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Through its more than 100 services, Sodexo provides clients an integrated offering developed over more than 45 years of experience: from reception, safety, maintenance and cleaning, to foodservices and facilities and equipment management; from Meal Pass, Gift Pass and Mobility Pass benefits for employees to in-home assistance and concierge services. Sodexo's success and performance are founded on its independence, its sustainable business model and its ability to continuously develop and engage its 420,000 employees throughout the world.
Key Figures (as of August 31, 2012)
Sodexo in the World
18.2 billion euro consolidated revenue
20th largest employer worldwide
75 million consumers served daily
Sodexo in North America
8.8 billion dollars revenue
700 facilities management sites
Over 15 million consumers served daily