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Food Alliance LogoSodexo is committed to improving the quality of daily life for people, whenever and wherever they come together. To that end, Sodexo was one of the first contract food service companies to partner with Food Alliance. This non-profit organization promotes sustainable agriculture by recognizing and rewarding farmers who produce food in environmentally friendly and socially responsible ways. Together, Sodexo and Food Alliance take responsibility for educating our customers and others in the food system about the benefits of sustainable agriculture.

Every day, we make choices in the food we buy and the food we eat. This directly impacts our lives- not just what we eat, but the water we drink, the air we breathe and the health of our communities. Our Food Alliance guiding principles are:

  • Protecting and conserving water resources
  • Protecting and enhancing soil resources
  • Conserving and recycling nutrients
  • Reducing the environmental and health impacts of pesticides by practicing Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Conserving and enhancing wildlife habitat
  • Providing safe and fair working conditions for our employees and our families
  • Producing Food Alliance certified crops without the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO's)
  • Provide healthy and humane care for livestock
  • Continually improving farming/ranching practices

Sodexo is committed to social responsibility, especially those surrounding our food supply. Everyday we make food choices. And, whenever possible, we will select foods that meet or exceed the standards set forth with the Food Alliance. So, be sure to look for the Food Alliance seal. It's better for you; better for the environment and better for our farmers. Please help us to improve the quality of daily life for the communities we serve. [ more ] [ brochure ] [ press release ]

Sustainability

Our mission is to improve the quality of daily life for all the people we serve. Being socially responsible is central to this commitment.

We strive to be the type of company and help to create the type of world we want for tomorrow.

As a leading provider of outsourced food and facilities management services throughout North America, we’re committed to continuing to lead our industry in helping to address the challenges that are impacting our communities.

We have always integrated ethical concerns into our business practices. In light of this, we have formalized a Supplier Code of Conduct to articulate our expectations of those businesses with which we have continuing supply relationships.

 

 

 

At the Virginia Wesleyan College
We are working to implement additional sustainable business practices. Following is an example of a few things we are doing this year:

  • New Napkin Holders- We have replaced all "bulk dispensing" napkin holders with single sheet dispensers. The napkins we are now using are 100% recycled.
  • The PlanIt Reusable Mugs will be sold for $4.95 and will be refillable for $.99 at The Marlin Grill.
  • VWC Dining Services gets a majority of its produce from farms in Virginia.  This provides stimulus to the local economy while supporting local farms.
  • Our Trayless Dining Initiative has helped minimize waste as well as water and energy usage while creating a more sustainable food service operation. There are many benefits to going Trayless.

    *Electricity, water and chemical usage are reduced because there are far fewer dishes and trays to wash.  This effect alone can save thousands of gallons of water every day as well as generate savings in detergent and electricity usage.

    *Less detergents, solid waste and grease down the drain also improves our local community’s water supply.

    *Trayless dining substantially diminishes food waste by encouraging guests to take only the amount of food they can carry.

    *Trayless service also provides an overall positive impact on student health.  It discourages overeating and requires guests to get up and walk to get more food.

 
Link: STOP Hunger

STOP Hunger: Since 1999, the Sodexo Foundation has been committed to being a driving and creative force that contributes to a hunger-free nation. In order to eliminate hunger that affects 36 million people in the U.S., we must fight its root causes... [ more ]

   
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Manufacturing Partners: Sodexo has been an active member of industry coalitions which encourage legislators, manufacturers and consumers to jointly develop rational, not reactionary, strategies to today's environmental needs... [ more ]
   
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Sodexo's Environmental Action Program is complex and multifaceted, offering solid information and tools to make our customers, clients, employees, and society at large aware of environmental problems and how they can help. [ more ]
 

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