Sodexo Teams Worldwide Get Into ‘WasteLESS Day’
October 16, 2012
Global efforts to reduce organic and non-organic waste to mark World Food Day
GAITHERSBURG, Md., October 16, 2012 – Sodexo has chosen the United Nations World Food Day to be its ‘WasteLESS Day’. On 16 October, Sodexo will rally around its ‘WasteLESS Day’ (a waste reduction day awareness campaign) worldwide as a contribution to efforts to reduce both organic and non-organic waste.
As a company, Sodexo serves over 50 million people a day worldwide and is committed to reducing waste and increasing recovery of materials across its operations. On October 16th, by engaging with its teams, clients and consumers, Sodexo is calling for action during a worldwide day of efforts to reduce waste.
WasteLESS Day’s aim is to increase awareness of the waste reduction challenge at all stages from production to consumption, and in so doing lead to a better allocation of natural resources that also supports those in need. Sodexo is asking its teams across all company operations – On-site Services, Benefits & Rewards Services, and Personal & Home Services – as well as its clients and consumers, to make and live a pledge to help reduce waste.
At Sodexo operations across the world, people will be able to make personal pledges focused on reducing waste. Social media channels, including Facebook, will also provide opportunities for employees, clients and consumers to share pledges and ideas, ensuring broader communication, engagement, and the success of Sodexo’s ‘WasteLESS Day’.
In 2009, Sodexo launched the Better Tomorrow Plan, a global sustainable development roadmap that includes commitments to reduce and recover organic and non-organic waste, and to fight hunger through Sodexo’s STOP Hunger initiative. Faced with the urgent need to waste less food and water, while protecting the environment and lowering greenhouse gas emissions, Sodexo believes that everyone has a part to play in the better distribution of natural resources.
On this day of worldwide effort, Sodexo is calling on its teams and stakeholders to focus on action consistent with its Better Tomorrow Plan commitments:
- To reduce organic and non-organic waste in all the countries where it operates and at clients’ sites and to support initiatives to recover waste by 2015
- Fight to end hunger and malnutrition worldwide through its STOP Hunger initiative
Sodexo in North America
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 $17 million in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.
Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Daily Life Solutions
Quality of Life plays an important role in the progress of individuals and the performance of organizations. Based on this conviction, Sodexo acts as a partner for companies and institutions that place a premium on performance and employee well-being, as it has since Pierre Bellon founded the company in 1966. Sharing the same passion for service, Sodexo’s 413,000 employees in 80 countries design, manage and deliver an unrivaled array of Quality of Life Services. Sodexo has created a new form of service business that contributes to the fulfillment of its employees and the economic, social and environmental development of the communities, regions and countries in which it operates.
Sodexo’s STOP Hunger Programs and Impact to Date (as of June 2012)
Sodexo Foundation....................................Distributed more than $17 million in grants
Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship...Gave $353,000 in scholarships & matching grants
Heroes of Everyday Life®............................Awarded $478,000 to employees’ hunger charities
Feeding Our Future®..................................Funded more than 2.9 million summer meals
Sodexo Servathon......................................Mobilized 125,000 employees to fight hunger
Backpack Food Program...............................Funded 70 programs; providing 2 million meals