Sodexo Australia (Sodexo) has announced more than 174 tonnes of food prevented from going to waste in 14 months through a partnership with award-winning social enterprise and sustainable procurement tech tool, Yume.

The amount represents more than half its 2021 Yume pledge of 300 tonnes of food waste prevented in three years. Sodexo has now announced an increased pledge of an additional 375 tonnes by 2025. 

Sodexo was the first corporate buyer to take the Yume Pledge in 2018, committing to purchase high-quality surplus food on a large scale to prevent commercial food waste.

Since, Sodexo has increased its leadership in the prevention of food waste—one of twelve corporates to sign the Australian Food Pact earlier this year. 

Identifying sustainable supply chain alternatives is vital to reducing Australia’s annual 7.6 million tonne food waste problem and responding to food price inflation and supply-chain bottlenecks.

Katy Barfield, Yume Founder and CEO, said:

“It is great to see large procurers of food like Sodexo, be early adopters of innovative technologies like Yume and play a pivotal role in finding a solution to our food-waste issue. We encourage more food solution providers to join us, so together we can end food waste in Australia.”

Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow corporate responsibility roadmap drives Sodexo’s focus on reducing waste and emissions while committing to causes close to home. 

Since taking the Yume pledge, Sodexo has continued to increase its commitments year-on-year. 

Keith Weston, Sodexo Australia’s Managing Director said:

“The majority of us have children who we want to see grow up on a saved planet. The belief that we can and should do better inspires us as a business to make sustainable and environmental choices for a Better Tomorrow. 
As global citizens we all have a responsibility to address the food waste and hunger that is so prevelant in Australia.”

Sodexo Australia’s other actions toward the prevention of food loss and waste include:

  • Implementation of purpose-built WasteWatch by Leanpath technology to create an average of 50% reduction in food waste on remote sites. 
  • Introduction of food safety digitalisation through an IoT temperature monitoring system, resulting in a 30% reduction in food spoilage incidents on sites that have implemented the system.
  • Mobilising a long-standing WasteLess Week public behaviour change campaign across sites each year.
  • Continued investment in training, resources and innovation as a Food Pact Signatory  and attendee at the 2022 annual National Food Waste Summit.  
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