In the global quest for a sustainable future, governments, led by the United Nations, defined their vision for a post-2015 development agenda by agreeing upon a set of global Sustainable Development Goals. We recognise that businesses like ours will play a key role in supporting the delivery of these goals.
We believe that the SDGs provide a useful platform, and common language, upon which we can build new, and strengthen existing, global and local partnerships to progress our sustainability activities.
Of the 17 goals designed to help deliver the 2030 vision for a more sustainable planet, we have identified seven where we believe we can make the most positive social impact. In addition to these issue specific goals, we recognise the critical importance of working in partnership, supported by SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
By 2050, the world’s population is expected to increase by two billion. At present almost 800 million of the world’s population are malnourished and starving. This means that the need to improve sustainable agriculture will become increasingly critical as the pressure on natural resources intensifies.
Every year, we spend around £5 billion on food. Collaborating with our supply chain to design and deliver scalable and practical solutions for food security and sustainable agriculture is therefore vitally important to safeguard the future of our business.
Since 2014, our Imperfectly Delicious Produce programme run by our US business has used over 200,000 kgs of imperfect fruit and vegetables that would otherwise have rotted in fields or been sent for composting or to landfill for simply not meeting an artificial standard of attractiveness.
Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages.
Nutrition is essential for sustainable development. Every year, poor nutrition kills over three million children under five, whilst around the world over two billion people are overweight or obese.
Each year, we serve over five billion meals. By pursuing our passion for wellbeing and nutrition, we are committed to helping our consumers and employees adopt a more balanced lifestyle.
Since 2010, we have worked towards a target that 100% of our units will provide Balanced Choices or similar healthy eating programmes by 2016. This year, we have seen a further improvement in our performance (67% vs 66% in 2015). We have not met our stated target of 100% of units by 2016 and will continue to work towards achieving this through 2017.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Women and girls around the world struggle to exercise their rights, face discrimination, legal barriers and violence and receive unequal pay for equal work.
Women make up 57% of our global workforce and 26% of our global leadership team. We are resolved to empower all our female employees as we know this leads to increases in productivity, organisational effectiveness and consumer satisfaction.
In 2016, our UK business launched the Women in Food programme, to tackle the shortage of female chefs. By 2020, we expect that 50% of the chefs in our UK workplace will be female.
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
The availability of decent work is a must for lasting, inclusive and economic growth, yet while the global labour force continues to grow, there are not enough jobs available, particularly amongst young people and indigenous communities.
Our 500,000+ employees are fundamental to our great service and reputation. Around the world we are working with local communities to offer fair employment and great career opportunities.
In Australia, we launched Project 1050 to support the recruitment of an additional 1,050 indigenous jobseekers into the Compass workforce by 2019.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Climate change presents the single biggest threat to development, and its widespread unprecedented impacts disproportionately burden the poorest and most vulnerable. Urgent action to combat climate change and minimize its disruptions is integral to the successful implementation of all the Sustainable Development Goals.
As a leading food service company, we recognise that addressing climate change is important for food security and sustainable agricultural systems. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint directly through energy efficiency and reducing food waste in our operations. We continue to partner with our clients, ensuring the use of innovative solutions to optimise resource efficiency.
Since 2008, we have measured our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. During this period, we have reduced our GHG intensity by 32% (tCO2e/£m revenue). We have set the target of a 20% reduction in GHG emissions by 2017.
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
30% of the world’s fish stocks are overexploited, compromising their ability to produce sustainable yields.
Three words encapsulate our approach to sustainable seafood;
(1) Avoid: by not serving seafood on the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) ‘fish to avoid’ list;
(2) Improve: by buying more certified sustainable seafood each year;
(3) Promote: the availability of responsibly sourced fish to our consumers.
We have partnered with the MSC in the UK to develop the Good Fish Guide app, which encourages everyone from chefs to consumers to make more sustainable choices easily and quickly.
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
People need nature to thrive. It is particularly critical for sustainable agriculture, yet deforestation, desertification and loss of biodiversity and natural habitats are degrading fertile land and reducing crop productivity.
We are working across our supply chain, to ensure we source our food and non-food products in a sustainable manner with the least possible impact on the environment.
Globally, we are a member of the Roundtables on Responsible Soy and Responsible Palm Oil, whilst 17 of our top 20 countries have already established sustainable and ethical sourcing programmes.
Strengthen and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development.
The SDGs set out a vision for ending poverty, hunger and inequality and protecting natural resources by 2030. Realising this ambition will require a step change in the way that the private sector, governments and civil society work together in partnership.
As a global business, we recognise the critical importance of working in partnership with our clients, suppliers and other stakeholders to improve the positive contribution that we can make to help address some of the biggest issues that we all face in the 21st century.
Since 2009, we have partnered with the Carbon Disclosure Project, a global disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. We have worked hard to develop activities that help reduce the environmental impact of our business activities, as well as improve the scope of our public reporting disclosure. We have supported partners, including our clients, with examples of good practice, and became one of the few companies to disclose against all four CDP modules. We are delighted to have achieved a Climate Change Score of Leadership A- this year.