Social Impact

Fostering a culture of environmental responsibility through protecting and enhancing our planet

As a corporate citizen, we have for over 50 years placed the responsibility to protect our planet at the forefront of our business strategy; conducting our business in such a way that it brings positive impact to the world, drives progress and respects the resources on which our future depends.

Our journey to net zero by 2045

Sodexo UK & I has set out an ambitious new target to be carbon neutral by 2025 and has launched the roadmap to net zero by 2045. The targets were set after working in partnership with international experts, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), to ensure that our net zero strategy is thorough, impactful, and transparent.

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Net Zero

Social impact pathway: our planet

Food should be eaten, not wasted

A third of all food produced globally ends up in landfill, making food waste one of the greatest contributors to climate change and biggest scandals of our time. Whether it’s during the ordering, storage, preparation, or serving process, we are working together with our teams, clients and suppliers to reduce food and collateral waste at across Sodexo sites.

Find out how we're reducing waste on our sites

Promoting plant based meal options

We recognise that we all have a part to play in reducing the impact of our every day activities, including what we eat, on the environment. That's why we have set ourselves the target of having 33% of our menus as plant-based worldwide by 2025.

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Plastics and recycling

The challenge single use plastics presents is large and we continue to ensure we are doing all we can to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment. We aim to prevent waste where we can but where disposables are still necessary we have intoduced a number of environmentally friendly initiatives.

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Supporting a shift to innovative energy solutions

Sodexo believes it is vital to increase energy awareness and to deploy best practices around energy efficiency. We are proud to have switched our estate electricity supply in the UK to renewable sources, helping to reduce our carbon footprint by over 6,000 tonnes of CO2 every year

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Increasing local and small business engagement and responsible sourcing

Today, more than half of our carbon emissions come from our supply chain. We are continuing our collaborative efforts with our suppliers and the WWF to reduce the emissions associated with the products we use, particularly carbon intensive commodities such as beef, dairy, palm oil, soy and paper that can also have an impact on deforestation.

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Our planet pathway

Simon Mussett, Head of Waste Management at Sodexo UK & Ireland, gives a brief introduction to our planet pathway (content accurate in February 2021)

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Creating a positive impact on society and our environment

Our 2021 social impact pledge

Our social impact pledge sets out our priority areas and commitments for 2021 as part of our wider social value strategy over the next three years. It sets out how we will deliver our pledges to create a healthier, greener, safe and more prosperous society across the UK and Ireland.

Read our 2021 social impact pledge


By introducing reusable bags, we have driven out 590,000 single-use plastic bags from circulation