Sodexo Releases First Performance-Based Sustainability Report for North America, Establishing Baseline Data to Track Progress
September 26, 2011
FY 2010 sustainability report advances the food service industry along the path to accountability
GAITHERSBURG, Md., September 26, 2011 – Sodexo, Inc., the leading global provider of Quality of Daily Life Solutions, released its first performance-based sustainability report for North America today, covering baseline data and progress for fiscal year 2010. Available online at bettertomorrow.sodexousa.com, the report opens with an enlightening introductory video titled "What's for Lunch" and details baseline measures in three key areas: Environmental Performance, Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems, and Communities.
"Issuing our first performance-based sustainability report was a huge undertaking, but one that we see as equally large in its importance for moving our industry in the direction of greater environmental responsibility and accountability," said Arlin Wasserman, vice president, sustainability, Sodexo. "It's a key step in tracking our progress, and we are already working to improve our measurement capabilities in order to deliver even more robust and transparent reporting to our clients, customers, and other stakeholders."
While the majority of the 2010 performance-based sustainability report from Sodexo sets the baseline, it also includes progress data. For example it notes that from 2009 to 2010 Sodexo's purchases of fair and responsibly traded coffee increased from 8 percent to 14 percent in the U.S. and from 47 percent to 49 percent in Canada. Over the same period, Sodexo's contracted purchases of MSC  or BAP  certified sustainable seafood increased from 31 percent to 43 percent. The majority of the report, however, formally establishes a baseline against which progress in a wide range of areas can be measured for subsequent reports.
Under Environmental Performance, Sodexo reports baseline measures for energy and carbon, water and waste. In the area of Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems, it addresses Fair Trade coffee, sustainable seafood, local produce, vegan and vegetarian options, point of selection nutritional information and healthy food marketing programs. Finally under Communities, Sodexo looks at matters related to employees, supply chain, and charitable outreach. In each of these three key areas, baseline data is accompanied by anecdotal program highlights to paint a more complete picture.
"Sodexo's report tells the story of the important work the company is undertaking to assess and address key social and environmental impacts and opportunities in its own operations and supply chain -- and those of its clients," said Andrea Moffat, vice president of corporate programs at Ceres. "We believe this is a critical step on the path to sustainability leadership, and we are excited to work with Sodexo to help them further address key stakeholder concerns and to set and achieve ambitious performance targets for its Better Tomorrow Commitments."
In addition to the metrics, Sodexo's 2010 performance-based sustainability report provides useful background on key issues that concern it most based on its business model and stakeholders. The report also outlines Sodexo's approach to measuring performance. Not only did Sodexo tackle its own carbon footprint; it went deeper to look at supply chain and site-level impacts in operations, with much of the data drawn from global survey responses.
To view the full report, please visit bettertomorrow.sodexousa.com.
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Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), leading Quality of Daily Life Solutions company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On Site Service Solutions in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Motivation Solutions such as Esteem Pass. 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 $15 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.
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Quality of Life plays an important role in the progress of individuals and the performance of organizations. Based on this conviction, Sodexo is the strategic partner for companies and institutions that place a premium on performance and well-being, as it has since Pierre Bellon founded the company in 1966. Sharing the same passion for service, Sodexo's 380,000 employees, in 80 countries design, manage and deliver an unrivaled range of On-site Service Solutions and Motivation Solutions. Sodexo has created a new form of service business that contributes to the economic, social and environmental development of the communities, regions and countries in which it operates and to the fulfillment of its employees.
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