As the world's leading food service company, we have a clear responsibility to protect our environment.
In the majority of our locations where we are not directly responsible for the procurement of utilities, equipment, fuel etc, we are working closely with our clients to consider how best to improve the environmental performance of our operations.
We use a web based reporting system which provides a ‘one stop shop’ for countries to report progress against their non-financial KPIs, including environmental performance. The benefits to our business of deploying such a system include improving accuracy of data, and the ability to track our progress against targets.
Data verification - for the second year, we have engaged our environment partners Carbon Clear Ltd, to provide limited verification of our 2016/17 GHG emissions-related data, calculation and greenhouse assertion, using the relevant requirements of the ISO 14064-3:2006 standard. You can view our verification statement here.
We drive our environmental strategy through:
We have had targets for reducing GHG emissions since 2010 and the current targets expire this year. We are currently working to establish new targets at an organisation and country level.
There are a number of methods available for setting reduction targets. Science Based Targets (SBTs) align with current climate science and the accepted level of decarbonisation that is required to limit global temperature increase to 2°C. They include mid and long term targets reaching to 2030 and 2050. Our work to develop SBTs has begun. We have researched and evaluated available target setting methods, using various company growth scenarios.
Once the targets have been agreed we plan to seek external validation of our approach and once validated, we will publish the targets. Aligning our targets with climate science protects us from future regulatory impacts, reinforces our good reputation for corporate governance and will provide momentum to drive long term cost reductions through innovation.
We continue to use training programmes to improve the environmental awareness of our colleagues around the world.
We are working with our country teams to reduce the amount of food and packaging waste within our own operations and across our supply chain.