We launched our Appetite for Action campaign in 2021 with the aim of using our scale and food industry expertise to convene and work alongside political and industry stakeholders, chefs and customers to drive meaningful change in food service procurement to help cut food waste.

Our commitment at Sodexo is to halve our own food waste by 2025, a key element of our roadmap to Net Zero. But with the United Nations stating that one-third of the world’s food goes to waste, we are determined to also work towards supporting measures which will cut food waste outside our own operations. 

Research and roundtable

We commissioned research among 275 food procurement senior decision-makers across the private and public sector in the UK to understand their thoughts on how food buying trends need to change in order to reduce food waste. 

Read more about the research

In October 2021, building on the results of the research, we hosted a roundtable of experts including WRAP, WWF and Defra to discuss three themes:

  • How can rapid change in the food services sector be catalysed?
  • How can government create the policy and regulatory framework to better support this change?
  • How can government and industry better educate customers and consumers about the impact of food waste on the climate, and their role in supporting the reduction of food waste - and therefore carbon emissions?

Watch the video to hear more from roundtable attendees. 

Report: Reducing food waste and carbon emissions in food services

We have brought together the results from the research we commissioned and insight from the roundtable attendees into our Appetite for Action report. In it, you can read more about strategies for reducing food waste and carbon emissions in food services.

Download the report

Supply chain resilience and the impact on food waste

We commissioned further research to find out how the unprecedented pressure on supply chains has impacted food buyers’ ability to meet their food waste targets.

This research found that food buyers in the UK’s biggest organisations reported a 60% increase in food waste over the last six months.

This surge casts doubt on the food industry’s ability to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030, and hampers progress to net zero

Watch this video to find out more about what’s causing these issues, and how Sodexo is working with suppliers to ensure we get the food we need.

Find out more about our research results here

Watch the Appetite for Action webinar

To explore the issue of supply chain resilience further, we brought together experts from WWF, WRAP and Sodexo to discuss why prioritising a net zero strategy and tackling food waste will ultimately help navigate supply chain issues. 

Watch a recording of the webinar to find out how we can all build more resilient food supply chains. 

Watch the webinar

The secret to supply chain resilience

So how can resilience be built when pressures are already extraordinary and the future demands a net zero existence?

We’ve put together an infographic to show how organisations need a net zero strategy that tackles food waste urgently, but also need agility, flexibility and diversification in order to navigate current supply chain issues. 

Find out the secret to supply chain resilience