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Growing responsibly

Growing responsibly

In 1966, we were among the first few companies in the world to place a social element at the core of its mission. Why? Because we have always wanted our growth to make sense. To make sense for our employees who show up every day. For our clients and suppliers who seek relationships based on shared values. For our shareholders, who want sustained long-term growth. And for the millions of people we serve who holds us accountable to have a positive impact every day.

Better Tomorrow 2025

Today, growing responsibly is about pursuing and tracking what we can do better, safer, healthier and more environmentally-friendly. It’s about improving the way we care for our employees, the food and services we provide, and the way we behave as a corporate citizen.

In 2009 when the time came to find a name for our corporate responsibility roadmap, one naturally stood out: Better Tomorrow Plan.

Because everything we do should add up to a better tomorrow. Better for the individuals we employ and serve. Better for our communities. Better for the world around us and the resources we all share.

Fast forward to today, Better Tomorrow 2025 now propels our action and frames our progress on the most material issues that are either impacting what we do, or inversely, on which we can have an impact.

In the UK and Ireland, we have identified nine local commitments and clear objectives for 2025 to guide our roadmap, in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These nine commitments are our north star for which we hold ourselves responsible.

Better Tommorrow Plan 2025 - nine local commitments

Measuring our progress

Being committed is one thing, delivering and measuring performance is another. That’s why we take measurement very seriously.

Within the UK and Ireland, the Better Tomorrow 2025 steering group manage and drive progress. The Better Tomorrow steering group helps to create coherence and ownership drawing together subject matter experts from across the business. Each member of the Better Tomorrow steering group is responsible for one of our nine local objectives.

Our reporting system – composed of 58 indicators -- at the site and country level helps to track our actions and progress towards our commitments. Beyond our commitments, we also track our progress on over 20 topics – from employee engagement and working conditions, diversity and gender balance, sustainable and responsible sourcing and our environmental footprint to our impact on communities.

And each year, our Internal Audit team and our Third Party Statutory Auditors review all the data collected to ensure its accuracy.

This process helps us identify risks, weak signals, market trends and client and consumer expectations to better embed sustainability practices in our activities.

Our progress towards 2025

We’re humble in our quest towards sustainability, because we know your expectations regarding what we do are high, but at the same time, we’re proud of the progress we’ve made and we’re realistic about our areas for improvement.

Living by our commitments

We hold ourselves accountable to behave responsibly in the way each of us does business with our clients, partners and suppliers to diminish adverse impacts that may result from our activities.

This is why we put in place policies and codes to frame our practices and expected behaviours around key issues such as respect for human rights, animal welfare and sourcing policies.

To learn more, we invite you to consult the following documents:

Awards & Recognitions

Doing business in responsible way is part of our mission and at the core of everything we do. We don’t do it for awards and recognition. We’re very humbled and honoured when we receive awards and international recognitions for our work, but for us, these are like pats on the back, encouraging us to keep thinking proactively about our long-term impact and ensure our operations are more and more sustainable.

Sodexo is regularly awarded prizes and international recognition for its initiatives in a variety of areas ranging from services to human resources and environmental protection.