Sodexo has deployed Leanpath at over 200 sites across the UK leading to the prevention of 280 tonnes of food waste, in line with its pledge to cut food waste across its organization by 50 percent by 2025. That puts Sodexo ahead of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal to halve food waste globally by 2030.
Reducing food loss and waste contributes significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Sodexo's focus on food waste forms part of the organization's commitment to reducing its carbon emissions by 34 per cent by 2025, supporting its journey to a net zero world.
Sodexo also announced the following:
- Over 280 tonnes of food waste have been prevented in the UK – the equivalent of over 500,000 meals;
- Data from client sites confirm that Leanpath's solutions have been proven to cut food waste by an average 50 per cent where it is used;
- In a 12-month period, 229 sites have been deployed;
- There has been an acceleration of deployments since the UK lockdown was lifted, with 40 new sites currently undergoing installation, including a number of sports stadiums, schools and healthcare organizations;
- Leanpath has enabled Sodexo and its clients to cut over 2,000 metric tonnes of carbon emissions.
WasteWatch Powered by Leanpath, as the program is branded, achieves all this, by rapidly capturing food waste data and giving clear insights into what is being wasted and why. Teams can then bring in operational and behavioral changes to help prevent that food waste from reoccurring, whether generated in the kitchen or by consumers.
As a business which, prior to the pandemic, was producing in excess of one million meals a day in the UK and Ireland, Sodexo has long been committed to cutting food waste as part of its Better Tomorrow 2025 global strategy. A commitment that was reaffirmed in its Social Impact Pledge 2021 earlier this year.
The rollout of Leanpath in the UK is part of Sodexo's commitment to deploying Leanpath at all its global foodservice sites by 2025.
Claire Atkins Morris, Director Corporate Responsibility for the UK and Ireland, said: “As one of the world’s leading food services providers, we have a critical role to play in helping to transform the food system and supporting our clients with their own carbon reduction targets, with food waste being one aspect of this. Our food waste targets are ambitious and bold and demonstrate our commitment to being a force for good and creating a better tomorrow.”
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