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Social value

Sodexo is an ethical business which is committed to delivering social value for our people, our customers and the communities that we serve; we strive to deliver this through employment opportunities, sustainability goals and making commitments which have a positive social impact.


We believe that delivering social value is integral to providing good public and private services and with our new Pledge, as with our previous two pledges, we have identified key areas and initiatives which we promise to commit to, measure and report on annually which meet the principles of the Social Value Act. Find out more about how we deliver social value.

We pledge to deliver on our Better Tomorrow 2025 commitments.

As a company that promises to improve the quality of life of people where it operates, corporate responsibility lies at the core of everything we do. Better Tomorrow 2025 is our sustainability roadmap and consists of nine global commitments. Each commitment has an associated target against which we will track and report on our progress.

We pledge to employ 40 ex-offenders across our business segments in the UK and Ireland.

In line with the Government’s commitment to reduce re-offending, we support this through our justice services operations as well as by employing ex-offenders and offenders on Release on Temporary License (ROTL) across our business segments. Importantly, we are providing the support they need to help them stay employed.

We pledge to employ 200 ex-services personnel and their families annually.

We were an early signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant. This initiative commends employers who actively support the Armed Forces community in their workplace and encourages others to follow their lead. In August 2017, we received the Gold Employer Recognition Award, the highest badge of honour from the Ministry of Defence, in relation to our commitment and support to the UK Armed Forces Community.

"I was in the Gurkha regiment of the Army for 15 years. When I left, it was hard to find a job outside of the military. Sodexo was recommended to me by a friend as a positive employer of veterans so I applied for a role in the kitchen team. I was given translation support which meant I could concentrate on getting to grips with my new role. I’ve now been here for eight years and I really enjoy my job. The team spirit here reminds me of my time in the forces."


Hira Sing Gurung - Kitchen Porter

We pledge to prioritise partnering with small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and voluntary and community sector organisations in the delivery of public services and to increase our SME spend to £200m by 2025.

We continue to support and develop our supply chain and to work with SMEs and social enterprises, which currently represent over half of our core supply chain. We are re-launching our Supply Chain Inclusion Programme to help SMEs become suppliers to Sodexo. We have ensured that our SMEs are paid within 30 days. We plan to increase our spend with SMEs to 32% of our total spend in the UK and Ireland.


We pledge that 70% of our waste will be recycled or re-used by 2020, rising to 90% by 2025.

We are tackling the issue of single use plastics, eliminating them from our operations where possible. We have already banned straws and stirrers, committed to phasing out single use plastic bags and polystyrene items by 2020, encouraging the use of reusable items to further prevent waste.

We are committed to halve our food waste by 2030, in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 and the ‘Step up to the plate’ WRAP pledge. We are deploying WasteWatch powered by Leanpath, our data-driven food waste prevention programme, at 223 UK sites within the year.

We pledge to support the Government’s childhood obesity plan 2020 and to work with Public Health England on its five-year sugar reduction and reformulation programme as well as calorie and salt reduction targets.

We are reducing sugar in support of the Government’s target of 20% reduction. We have reviewed almost 3,000 recipes, reformulated over 700 items and are working with suppliers to change products.

In support of NHS England’s voluntary reduction scheme to reduce sugar sweetened beverages to below 10% of total sales, we have reduced sales to 6.8% As a provider of school meals, we are committed to tackle obesity in school children and to increase the uptake of nutritious meals.

We pledge to double the number of employees volunteering in the coming year to 2%.

Sodexo encourages its employees to participate in three days’ paid volunteering each year. Last year, around 1% participated in volunteering. We are seeing a gradual increase and are determined to achieve our target this year.



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