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Sodexo launches 2021 ‘social impact pledge’

Published 31st March, 2021 by Neil Nixon

Sodexo launches 2021 ‘social impact pledge’

Sodexo UK and Ireland has publicly stated its commitment to a series of pledges forming its ethical manifesto for leading the way to improve quality of life for society and the planet. These pledges include: gifting up to 25% of its apprentice levy to SME suppliers, enabling them to create 100 new apprenticeships; cutting food waste by 50% across all its sites by 2030; and ensuring 40% of the company’s spend is with SME and VCSE suppliers - above the government’s own target of £1 in every £3.

This launch represents the fourth iteration of Sodexo’s Social Impact Pledge. First published in 2015, the business has faithfully reported on its progress against the pledges each year, demonstrating with evidence and examples the positive impact it is creating. This year, the pledges are focused on four social impact pathways: people, planet, places, and partners.

Sean Haley, Sodexo regional chair, UK and Ireland, said: “It has never been more important than it is right now to operate with purpose and responsibility. Last year, despite the unprecedented circumstances, we fulfilled our commitments laid out in our 2019 ethical manifesto, meeting and even exceeding the ambitious targets we had set ourselves. You are, however, only as good as your last performance, so our challenge now is to continue to do even better. COVID-19 has touched every aspect of our work and personal lives, so this year our pledges reflect the impact the pandemic has had, and directly contributes to improving the communities we work within.”

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