sustainability
Sustainability
When Big Companies Make Small Changes to Benefit the World
Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson
CEO,
Service Operations,
Sodexo North America

Every day both families and companies are presented with myriad choices that affect the environment and the globe as a whole. With each decision, come both rewards and consequences. A single family can decide to make environmentally friendly decisions such as freezing vegetables they can’t use, purchasing green cleaning products, or walking to dinner instead of driving. Each one of these decisions has a small but positive impact in helping our environment.

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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…)

Community Engagement
On Earth Day, Partner for a Purpose
Christy Cook
Christy Cook
Director,
Sustainability Performance
& Field Support
Sodexo North America

Each spring, we remind ourselves about the importance of the environment by celebrating Earth Day. It’s a day to focus our attention on preserving the earth by reducing human impact on it.

At Sodexo, we partner with our clients and suppliers to reduce, reuse and recycle. We look for organizations that help us create win-win situations, so that we have a smaller environmental footprint while helping those in need at the same time. (more…)

Sustainability
Nature-Friendly Workspaces Benefit Employees and Business
Jason Richards
Jason Richards
VP, Energy & Construction Services
Sodexo North America

Sustainable work spaces are becoming more prominent.  Investing in sustainability benefits business, employees and the environment; it’s a win-win. By recognizing the value in sustainability, innovative companies can improve the health and well-being of their workforce—while supporting business goals.

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Workforce & Workplace
The Inevitable Shift Toward a Quality of Life Economic Model
Mark Bickford
Mark Bickford
President,
Corporate Services
Sodexo North America

A new quality of life economic model is developing thanks to communications, green energy and transportation connected via the platform of the Internet of Things. This glimpse of the completely new economic paradigm that will fully emerge over the next 25 years was offered by Jeremy Rifkin at the inaugural Quality of Life Conference sponsored by Sodexo in New York in May. Rifkin, an economic and social theorist, writer and political advisor, sees the new economic paradigm coupled with extensive sharing of information and goods—like cars—leading to an improved overall quality of life for people and the planet.

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Health & Wellbeing
Quieting Your Monkey Mind
Deborah Hecker
Deborah Hecker

Do you have a “monkey mind?” This wonderfully colorful description describes someone who starts thinking about the challenges of the day ahead the moment they wake up—their mind racing through a list of have to’s, should have’s and why did I’s? As Entrepreneur points out, a restless mind can cause trouble sleeping, poor decision-making, anxiety and even depression—none of which helps us excel during a demanding day. A monkey mind distracts us from the task at hand, creating stress and impairing productivity.

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Sustainability
The Bumpy Path to Sustainability
Christy Cook
Christy Cook
Director,
Sustainability Performance
& Field Support
Sodexo North America

I grew up on a small family farm in South Georgia.    Small family farm is code for hard work and community.  On our farm, we didn’t own all the farm equipment we needed, nor did the surrounding farmers, but collectively we organized and shared resources and when it came time to harvest, everyone worked together as a community. Working together for the success of all:  to me, that’s community.  You take care of each other, you take care of the land and it will take care of you.

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Sustainability
Sustainability: A Progression of Simple, Meaningful Traditions
Sean Patrick Danahy
Sean Patrick Danahy

Sustainability is not a call for reform any more than it is a call for regression; it is a reminder of considerations we may easily forget. History paints the story of civilizations whose growth exceeded their ability to sustain them, and in our global society, each individual action can serve to benefit or hinder our collective future.

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