supply management
Sustainability
Animal Welfare and the Food Service Industry
Jim Pazzanese
Jim Pazzanese
Vice President of Supply Management
Sodexo

How do we decide what to eat every day? Most of us would probably say that we consider our health when we’re selecting food. But our food choices are also influenced by how much time and money we have, as well as intangibles like our cultural heritage and emotions. (more…)

Sustainability
Waste is a Wonderful Thing to Mind
Pete Witkowski
Pete Witkowski
Senior Vice President of Operations,
Corporate Services segment,
Sodexo North America

Waste is a crucial issue for businesses; reducing waste doesn’t just prevent pollution and conserve energy, it saves companies money.  This is especially evident in the food service industry, where billions of dollars are lost due to food waste.  It’s very clear that waste reduction isn’t just about sustainability; it’s a business imperative.

To see an impact—both on savings and sustainability—businesses should take a hard look at their supply chains, and determine how they can save money every step of the way. Good waste reduction strategies take into account how food is sourced, prepared and produced, as well as what’s done with any unavoidable waste created.  Here are some strategies to help your organization reduce waste: (more…)

Inclusion
Supplier Diversity from the Inside Out
Darlene Fuller
Darlene Fuller
Senior Director
Supplier Diversity, Sodexo

Diversity helps businesses and communities thrive. It’s that simple. When there are more options, more voices and more ideas, there are more opportunities for business excellence. While many organizations focus on cultivating a diverse workforce that can offer a variety of ideas and strengths, it’s equally as important to ensure your business supply base includes diverse vendors. (more…)

Sustainability
How Sodexo’s Commitment to Small Businesses Helps Communities
Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson
CEO,
Service Operations,
Sodexo North America

Small and medium enterprises, or SMEs, are the engines of economies all over the world. In developing nations, they often account for more than 60 percent of the gross national product and more than 70 percent of total employment. In the U.S., 28 million small businesses account for 54 percent of all sales in the country. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
This Isn’t Your Typical Food DRIVE
Brian Smith
Brian Smith
Vice President,
Information Systems & Technology,
Sodexo North America

At Sodexo, we have been recognized and awarded for our efforts to end childhood hunger through the Stop Hunger Foundation. It is customary to see decorated cardboard boxes around the office collecting donations or volunteer teams organizing food drives. Three years ago, my team and I embarked on a drive of our own—working with our culinary group in building a highly integrated technology platform for our foodservice operations that truly transforms the way we go to market and execute activities at our food operations – both from a business process and technology perspective.  These changes demonstrate Sodexo’s commitment to Quality of Life values both for our unit staff and for our consumers.   (more…)

Sustainability
Fighting Climate Change: The Time for Action Is Now
Neil Barrett
Neil Barrett
Group Vice President,
Sustainable Development
Sodexo

The COP21 in Paris last December achieved a remarkable accord—for all 196 countries attending to sign the agreement is unprecedented. That’s the good news, and everyone involved should take pride in this accomplishment.

But there’s no time to rest on laurels—the accord was just the beginning.  We must ensure that action follows and is aligned with the promises of that agreement. And though, of course, governments should lead this movement, it is action by the private sector that can make the difference. (more…)