The Better Tomorrow Plan Debbie Petitpain, MS, RD, LD
Sodexo’s Carbon Intensity Reduction Commitment • What is Our Commitment? • As part of our commitment to a Better Tomorrow, Sodexo has pledged to reduce the carbon intensity of our business, our client sites, and our supply chain. • What is Carbon Intensity? • The average carbon (and other gases with significant climate impacts) produced per $1 million in revenue. Sodexo’s goal is to reduce our intensity (lbs of emissions per $1 earned) of our overall business, thereby reducing our footprint (absolute emissions) of our corporate operations. • What are Sodexo’s major sources of carbon intensity? • Electricity, gas, food, refrigerants, district heat, logistics and business travel. Sodexo will focus on reducing the emissions in spaces we own and manage. As capabilities develop, we will measure emissions in the logistics and at the farm level in our value chains. Reduce your carbon intensity: aim to leave your car at home once a week. Wash your clothes with cold water. Lower the thermostat on your water heater. Turn electrical appliances off at the wall. Don’t over-heat or over-cool your home. A difference of one degree can reduce energy consumption and greenhouse pollution by up to 10%. Turn off fans when you leave the room.
Sodexo’s Water Intensity Reduction Commitment • What is Our Commitment? • As part of our commitment to a Better Tomorrow, Sodexo has pledged to reduce water intensity across all our operations and clients’ sites. • What is Water Intensity? • The average gallons of water used per $1 million in revenue. We are measuring intensity instead of total water use, because as we grow, we may take over already existing facilities and have the opportunity to reduce their water footprint, thus reducing our total intensity as well. • What are Sodexo’s major sources of water intensity? • Kitchens, food preparation, dishwashing, laundries, facilities, landscaping, restrooms. Sodexo’s first focus is to reduce our water intensity in the spaces we own and manage and in water scarce regions. As capabilities develop, we will reduce water use in our supply chain, primarily in the production of the food we serve. Reduce your water intensity: Take showers instead of baths. Take shorter showers. Eat more fruits, veggies and grains and less meat and dairy. Install a water saving toilet. Wash only on a full load in the dishwasher or washing machine. Turn the faucet off when brushing your teeth. Collect rainwater to use to water your lawn or garden. Use warm drinking water or cooking water to water plants or wash things.
Sodexo’s Waste Reduction Commitments What are our commitments? As part of our commitment to a Better Tomorrow, Sodexo will reduce our organic and non organic waste generated at our sites and in our operations. Reduce your waste: Say no to junk mail and catelogs. Take your own shopping bags. Purchasing products with reusable packaging and avoid products that are excessively packaged. Recycle everything you can! Start composting food scraps. Print only when you have to. Print on both sides of paper. Use old paper for notepads
Sodexo’s Sustainable Equipment & Supplies Commitment • What is Our Commitment? • As part of our commitment to a Better Tomorrow, Sodexo has pledged to source and promote sustainable equipment and supplies. • What does this include? • Sustainable Cleaning Supplies • Sustainable Equipment • Sustainable Packaging & Disposables • Sustainable Paper Products Use environmentally responsible products: Read the labels of cleaners and look for the signal words — caution, warning, danger, poison — which indicate the level of hazard. Use the least hazardous product to do the job. Caution" is least hazardous, followed by “warning” and "danger" is most hazardous. Extremely toxic products must also include the word "poison." Make a non-toxic home cleaning kit Reach for this non-toxic tool kit made from simple materials as your first line of defense against everyday household dirt. Baking soda for cleaning sinks, tubs, and toilets, and for freshening drains. Vinegar in a pump spray bottle for mirrors and shining chrome. For cleaning windows, use vinegar or soap and water, and dry with rags, a squeegeeor old newspaper. Plant-based detergents for cleaning countertops in the kitchen, bathroom or office, tile, fixtures, appliances and walls. Look for those that disclose all of their ingredients. Rags and non-scratch sponges for all-purpose cleaning. You don't need throwaway towels made from bleached paper. Vegetable oil with lemon juice makes a good furniture polish. Borax is a simple laundry detergent that can be used along with "washing soda" to clean clothes.
Sustainable Fish and Seafood Commitment What is Our Commitment? As part of our commitment to a Better Tomorrow, Sodexo has pledged to source only sustainably certified fish and seafood. Our goal is to have 50% of our contracted fish and seafood certified as sustainable by 2012 and 100% by 2015. What is sustainable mean? Sustainable fish and seafood are raised or harvested in ways that protect the environment and do not destroy wild populations. Sodexo will determine which products are sustainable with the Group Sustainable Seafood Policy, which is regularly updated in accordance with the latest scientific recommendations. Current accepted certifications include Marine Stewardship Council and Best Aquaculture Practices. Eat sustainable fish and seafood: Look for the MSC Certified Sustainable Seafood label or visit their website to sustainable seafood in shops and restaurants near you. Also, really neat recommendations here: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx
Fairly and Responsibly Certified Sourcing Commitment What is Our Commitment? As part of our commitment to a Better Tomorrow, Sodexo has pledged to increase the purchase of products sourced from fairly and responsibly certified sources. What Makes a Product Fairly and Responsibly Certified? Fairly and responsibly traded products are those that contribute to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the fair labor conditions of, marginalized producers and workers and/or ensuring the condition under which those products are produced is environmentally responsible (current qualifying certifications include Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance). The products available in these categories include coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea and tropical fruits. Procure fair and responsibly produced products: Purcahse products with Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance certifications, particularly when choosing coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea and tropical fruits.
Sodexo’s Local, Seasonal, and Sustainably Grown and Raised Products Commitment • What is Our Commitment? • As part of our commitment to a Better Tomorrow, Sodexo has pledged to source local, seasonal or sustainably grown and raised products. • How is this defined? • Local Food - Produced, processed, and distributed close to where it is consumed. • At Sodexo NORAM, local is defined as within your state, province, or geographic region • Seasonal Products - Grown primarily in natural conditions in the same state or geographic region where they are consumed and are either fresh or stored in natural conditions for short periods of time. • Sustainably Grown - Products for which producers provide for human welfare, are making verified long-term improvements in soil organic carbon and yield per acre, and annual reductions in water energy, synthetic fertilizer, and synthetic pesticide use per unit of output. • Sustainably Raised - Producers with 3rd party verified animal welfare standards, judicious and FDA approved use of antibiotics and hormones, minimized energy use, working to reduce carbon footprint and packaging and implement waste and water quality management systems. Procure local, seasonal and sustainably grown products: Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Shop local farmers markets. Buy locally grown or organically grown foods. Grow your own – from veggies in the backyard to herbs in an indoor pot. Have your friend to the same and swap edibles. Eat seasonally. Freeze or can the season’s bounty.
Sodexo’s Healthy Foods Commitments • What is Our Commitment? • As part of our commitment to a Better Tomorrow, Sodexo has pledged to Promote Choices with Reduced Sugar, Salt, and Fats. • How is this being done? • Recipes meet Sodexo’s cross-divisional nutrition criteria limiting calories, sodium, fat and sugar. • Target top 100 most often purchased recipes, redesign under these guidelines: • Added sugar is limited and dietary fiber is increased • Added salt is reduced and taste enhancers (herbs, spices) used as alternatives • Added trans fats are eliminated and the use of other fats, particularly saturated fats, in cooking methods and processes are reduced • Choices must be provided AND promoted Highlight healthy options: Provide nutrition information at the point of selection and on the website. Sodexo’s Wellness and You campaign allows customers to choose healthy options that meet determined criteria for calories, fat, sodium and cholesterol. Provide education material, recipes and cooking demonstrations.
Sodexo’s Healthy Foods Commitments • What is Our Commitment? • As part of our commitment to a Better Tomorrow, Sodexo has pledged to Provide and Promote Varied and Balanced Food Options. • How is this being done? • Increase the availability of fresh and cooked fruits and vegetables • Offer selections that meet various dietary preferences, including vegetarian and vegan options • Provide point of selection nutritional information • Ensure that varied and balanced options are available in catering and vending • Utilize your staff registered dietitians Promote variety: Sodexo’s Meatless Monday campaign highlights delicious vegetarian options available in the cafeteria. Daily vegetarian and vegan options are also easily identifiable.
Sodexo’s Health and Wellness Solutions Commitment • What is Our Commitment? • As part of our commitment to a Better Tomorrow, Sodexo has pledged to develop and promote health and wellness solutions for our employees, clients and customers. • What does this include? • Creating healthy buildings, environments and surroundings • Improve (sustainable) cleaning techniques and products • Promote the use of renewable materials in wall coverings and furnishings • Promote the use of low VOC (volatile organic compound) materials • Promote improved acoustics and aesthetics • Promote improved air/odor quality (no smoking, outdoor air) • Promote adequate day lighting • Promoting healthy lifestyle choices • Offer learning modules for staff on physical activity, weight management, health screenings, accident prevention and home health and safety awareness. • Offer these same learning opportunities to clients and customers for a fee, where appropriate. • Offer additional solutions that facilitate easy and healthy age appropriate lifestyle choices of individuals. Promote wellness by providing: Educational materials on all attributes of wellness (nutritional, physical, social, spiritual, safety, environmental, and intellectual). Healthy cooking classes and Weight management programs like Create Your Weight. Menus that provide education recipes and nutrition analysis.
Sodexo’s Global Sustainable Supply Chain Code of Conduct Commitment • What is Our Commitment? • As part of our commitment to a Better Tomorrow, Sodexo has pledged to ensure compliance with a Global Sustainable Supply Chain Code of Conduct. • What are the highlights of the Code of Conduct? • NORAM Code developed in 2004; adopted globally in 2007 • Sets forth Sodexo’s desire to do business with those suppliers, vendors, contractors, and partners (“Suppliers”) that conduct business utilizing sound and responsible ethical, social and environmental practices. • The Code of Conduct establishes the minimum requirements that Suppliers must meet to do business with Sodexo. • Code is integrated into the terms and conditions of Sodexo’s standard contract for all our Suppliers. • Supply Management communicates with Suppliers quarterly to ensure compliance with the Code. • By enforcing the Code with our supply chain, we can increase sustainable and ethical business practices above and beyond the millions of customers and clients we serve each day. Code of Conduct covers: Child Labor Forced Labor Wages and Benefits Working Hours Health and Safety Freedom of Association Non-discrimination Disciplinary Practices/Coercion Environment Guidelines Community Involvement Ethical Standards Conflicts of Interest and Communications.
Sodexo’s Local Community Development Commitment • What is our commitment? • As part of our commitment to a Better Tomorrow, Sodexo will support local community development. • How do we support local community development? • Work with local authorities or associations/organizations who are active in the development of their local communities • Assist local businesses to build their capacities through mentoring and, if possible, lead to the achievement of recognized accreditation • Help to boost existing livelihoods by improving agricultural practices or finding connections to contracted distributors for local products, and/or purchases from contracted Minority or Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) • Promote actions to support education and health in local communities • Participate in initiatives to reintegrate people who are in a situation of economic or social difficulty • Participate in initiatives to reduce the impact of humanitarian crises resulting from natural or other disasters Support your local community: Volunteer with a local non-profit, school or community garden. Purchase products or services from local businesses. Become active in a local organization, working with others toward a common goal. Spend time getting to know your neighbors. Stay informed about local happenings. Write or call your local politicians on pertinent issues.
Sodexo’s STOP Hunger Commitment • What is our commitment? • As part of our commitment to a Better Tomorrow, Sodexo will fight hunger and malnutrition by engaging the entire Sodexo community, including employees, customers, clients, and suppliers. • How do we fight hunger and malnutrition? • STOP Hunger: Key Initiative of Sodexo Foundation, STOP stands for “Sodexo Teams Our People” because it’s a company-wide team effort • Sodexo is one of the largest donors of surplus perishable and non-perishable food to Feeding America • Engage with client to determine if there is an existing relationship with local food bank/kitchen/shelter • Annual Events: • January-February: STOP Hunger Scholarship Applications • January-mid March: Heroes of Everyday Life Nominations • April: Sodexo Servathon Help Stop Hunger: Volunteer to support hunger relief initiatives in your local community. Share your expertise by providing nutrition, food safety, food waste education, and job and life skills training for the unemployed and homeless. Donate perishable and non-perishable food to hunger relief organizations. Financially sponsor programs that combat hunger and malnutrition.
What the Better Tomorrow Plan is NOT A separate offer or program. An optional path. Something to be done at someclient sites,but not others.
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