Better Tomorrow 2025

by Sodexo

(Business)

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Better Tomorrow 2025 is Sodexo’s global corporate social responsibility plan, which focuses on improving quality of life.

Project implemented: 2017 onwards

Project goal

To improve the quality of life of our employees, clients and consumers.

delivering on

why is this project important?

Hunger & malnutrition, gender equality, waste, Indigenous advancement and mental health are currently very important issues.

Key steps to make it happen

1Governance

Sodexo has a 3-year Corporate Responsibility Plan, which is progressed and reviewed by working groups and management.

2Awareness

Sodexo focuses on raising awareness of sustainability issues and educating what various individuals can do about them.

3Leadership

Sodexo is a founding member of both the International Food Waste Coalition and Global Coalition for Animal Welfare.

impact to date

$9 million
~$9 million spent with Indigenous businesses in 2018, over 50% regional & remote
1,435 kg, >$50,000
The 2018 Servathon collected 1,435 kg of food and >$50000 for Foodbank Australia
9 million
Number of eggs sourced annually supplies changed nationally to cage-free
41%, 53%
Women make up 41% of the management team and 53% of the total workforce
106 T, 837 T
Compostable packaging saved 106 T of landfill and offset 837 T of CO2 in 2018
$500,000
The Resource Recovery Program has raised over $500,000 for charities since 2008

Sodexo has supported and increased participation in community activities, including the Garma Festival for 14 straight years, as well as sponsorship and celebration of Indigenous events, community groups, sporting groups, and the annual Camp Kurlungka.

Sodexo uses various approaches to tackling the issue of food waste, including:

  • Their innovative DRIVE menu management system, which aims to avoid the creation of food waste through site forecasting, menu planning, creative use of leftovers, and pre-prepared foods
  • Implementing the WasteWatch x LeanPath program, which can reduce food waste by 45% in 2-6 months
  • Focusing on education and awareness of the issue for suppliers, employees, clients and consumers, through various events, training, information and displays
  • Utilising new technologies for treatment of unavoidable food waste.

In Australia alone, it is estimated that Sodexo’s recently-introduced Single-Use Plastics Reduction Plan will eliminate millions of pieces of unnecessary single use items; including diverting more than 3 million single use plastic bags, over 5 million single use plastic containers, and over 3 million disposable coffee cups from going into landfill.

Better Tomorrow 2025 consists of nine commitments which were developed directly in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals. Nine objectives and measurable outcomes are used to track progress on a range of sustainability goals.

Sodexo is the recognised global sustainability leader in their market sector, being recognised as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and RobecoSAM gold class leader in their industry for 14 consecutive years.

The key focus areas are:

  • Fighting hunger & malnutrition
  • Working for gender equality
  • Reducing waste
  • Boosting Indigenous employment, engagement and reconciliation
  • Improving mental health.

In regards to Indigenous peoples, Sodexo’s commitment is to make a real difference in the communities where they work to ensure inter-generational change. Sodexo first introduced a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2011, and has recently released their fifth RAP 2019-2021, which is their second RAP at the highest level of Elevate, and is also a partner of the Australian Government’s Employment Parity Initiative.

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