Sodexo sets out green commitments ahead of World Environment Day

Sodexo, the world’s largest services company, is celebrating World Environment Day (5 June) with the publication of its environmental commitments.

Environmental protection is one of the key issues which Sodexo focuses from a global and regional perspective. It acknowledges that action is critical to ensure that it, as responsible corporate citizen, do as much as it can to improve the quality of life of future generations and reduce the impact its business operations has on the environment.

Environmental management is not just a tick box exercise for Sodexo, it commits to long term aspirations, objectives and positive environmental change. It does this through the continual improvement of its ISO accredited management systems to ensure its environmental performance and compliance is in line with current and future statutory and regulatory requirements.

Rachael Mason, Environmental Manager for Sodexo UK & Ireland, “It has become very clear to us that our clients want a better understanding of the environmental elements of our corporate responsibility strategy, so we set out to create one document that explained our approach, commitments, targets and actions taken in a clear and simple way.

'Not only is the management of our environmental impact important but it was also clear that we needed to clarify the relevant targets and commitments within our Better Tomorrow 2025 roadmap for them to have relevance to our clients, to support their own corporate responsibility goals.”

Through its Better Tomorrow 2025 roadmap, Sodexo sets out the following environmental commitments:
• As an employer it will foster a sense of environmental responsibility within its workforce and workspaces
• As a service provider it will source responsibly and provide management services that reduce carbon emissions
• As a corporate citizen it will champion sustainable resource usage

This year the theme for World Environment Day is #BeatPlasticPollution. Edwina Hughes, Corporate Responsibility Director, Sodexo UK & Ireland explains Sodexo’s approach, “Prevention is a key step in addressing the waste issue and we will always endeavour to prevent waste where we can.

'Last month we banned the purchase of plastic straws and stirrers and made the commitment to phase out single use plastic bags and polystyrene items such as cups, lids and food containers by 2020, this move will go some way in preventing unnecessary plastic pollution.'