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Food should be eaten, not wasted

Food should never be thrown away. Nearly all our site managers, chefs and kitchen staff have implemented initiatives to cut waste. But this is not enough. We're using data to identify actions that can change behaviour and reduce food waste. For us, it's an opportunity to inspire creativity from our chefs, create new ways of enjoying food, and adopt more efficient operations for our planet.

Working across the board

Illustration of a girl on a skateboard and the word stop with food waste going in to a binWhether 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.



Sodexo chef cutting tomatoes in a kitchenFor Sodexo, the fight against food waste is part of our daily routine. By using the WasteWatch program, Sodexo teams are able to easily capture food waste data and take action to drive cultural and behavioral change, whether food waste generated in the kitchen or consumer food waste.


Training and development

Two sodexo chefs pouring liquid in to a saucepanWe are training our teams to be sustainably minded and have developed training and personal development programs to empower employees, customers and clients to waste less by celebrating the benefits of conserving food, water, energy, paper and raw material.


Surplus food distribution

Yume-foodEvery year, 2.2 million metric tonnes of food from Australia’s commercial sector ends up in a landfill. Food rescue organisations are only able to save the equivalent of 2% of commercial food waste.
Sodexo is committed to being part of the solution and is now a corporate partner for Yume’s Eliminate 98 initiative, addressing the issue of food waste on a large scale.


Packaging and recycling

A salad in a recyclable bowlWe’ve introduced innovative packaging and recycling solutions, such as re-useable materials, bioplastics, and organic material, to help eliminate plastic waste from ending up in landfills. Single-use plastics, which include, containers, boxes, cups, bowls, utensils, wraps, bags, lids, straws and stirrers are causing damage to oceans, seafood, wildlife and the wider environment. Cutting down on single-use plastics is at the core of our fight against waste.

In 2018, Our Australian Single Use Plastic Reduction Plan started with phasing out single use plastic bags. This has progressed to eliminating all disposable plastic straws and mouthpieces from sites, and introducing reusable crib kits as of January 2019.

We have partnered with BioPak to address the need for single-use takeaway packaging, making the switch to compostable packaging to take advantage of composting infrastructure where possible. In 2018, we diverted 106 tonnes of waste from landfill, offset 837 tonnes of carbon emissions, and planted 100 trees by choosing BioPak packaging in Australia.

Closing the Gap

Quality of Life is Sodexo’s organisational purpose. We know that opportunities, relationships and respect are required to deliver outstanding, measurable and meaningful outcomes with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities. 

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