Sodexo's Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement
Achieving a global vision for sustainability is an ambitious task. We can't do it alone. That is why Sodexo is partnering with respected leaders in the field of sustainability to enhance our strategy for a Better Tomorrow, inform others about our achievements, contribute our expertise to expand our impact, and learn more about challenges in the markets we serve. Examples of Stakeholder Engagement at Sodexo:
We are members of Ceres, a national network of investors, environmental organizations, and other public interest groups working toward a sustainable future. Ceres has brought together a stakeholder panel that reviewed the preliminary data and direction for this report, providing us with early feedback. The panel includes a wide range of organizations focused on the environment, human rights, health and agriculture. In addition to providing insight on our report, this panel helped to inform our strategy. Based on the work of the stakeholder panel in 2010, we have decided to create special opportunities in 2011 to gather insight on our strategy for healthy, sustainable food and our approach to energy and climate change.
We engage with stakeholders in a variety of other ways through:
Product Standards and Certifications
We can encourage more sustainable agricultural, manufacturing, and foodservice practices by using trusted product standards in our purchasing decisions.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation: Sodexo is the first foodservice provider to sign the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's School Beverage and Competitive Food Guidelines.
Marine Stewardship Council: Sodexo's goal is to have 100% of our contracted seafood certified as sustainable, either by the Marine Stewardship Council for wild-caught seafood, or the Aquaculture Certification Council: for farm-raised seafood, by 2015.
Promoting Industry Collaboration
Our goals to foster sustainable agriculture often require shared action on behalf of others in our industry. That is why we participate in programs that bring others in our industry together to develop shared solutions for sustainability.
Sustainable Food Lab Sodexo is a member of the Sustainable Food Lab, which brings together businesses, food system advocates, and research institutions to accelerate the shift of sustainable food from niche to mainstream.
We participate in the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops which will is developing measurements for sustainable performance throughout the fruit and vegetable supply chain.