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 eight where we believe we can make the most positive social impact. 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.
Every year, we spend around £6 billion on food. Where we have surplus food, we can play a role in helping the wider community to tackle food insecurity.
In a number of markets, we have arranged for surplus food to be shared via food banks or community-based projects that provide meals to people in need. Our UK business donated 10 tonnes of food to FareShare this year.
Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages.
Each year, we serve over five and a half billion meals. By pursuing our passion for wellbeing and nutrition, we are committed to helping our consumers and employees adopt a more balanced lifestyle.
In addition to our aim of serving a healthy option at every meal in all our sites, we explore ways to entice consumers to eat a balanced diet through new product development and engaging communications. In Turkey, we created a series of fun characters based on different fruit and vegetables to encourage children to eat more healthily.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Women make up 57% of our global workforce and 30% 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.
Developing talent from within is a key part of the Compass approach and ensuring equal access for all to development programmes is key. Our business in Japan developed a fast track programme for future leaders and 37% of the candidates in the first year were women; within 12 months, they had all taken on their first leadership role.
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Our people 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.
As well as providing stable, fairly paid employment, we offer on-the-job training and a variety of development opportunities in every market where we operate. Our business in India recently launched a graduate trainee programme which aims to bring new talent into the business and prepare them to take on leadership positions.
Reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume goods and resources.
Food waste is a significant issue for the hospitality industry. As part of our commitment to source, use and dispose of food in a sustainable way, we are continually looking to reduce waste throughout our business.
Our ambition is that all our sites operate a food waste reduction programme. In some markets we have introduced technology solutions to help us monitor and manage food waste. In April 2018, 34 of our markets marked Stop Food Waste Day to raise awareness of the issue of food waste and engage consumers in the challenge of reducing it.
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
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.
For over 16 years, our business in the USA has been dedicated to sourcing sustainable seafood and improving the health of our oceans. It purchased 4,500 tonnes of responsibly sourced seafood in the last financial year.
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
We are working across our global supply chain to ensure we source our food and non-food products in a sustainable manner with the least possible impact on the environment.
We are concerned about the negative impact that the production of palm oil and soy can have on the environment and local communities and actively support the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Round Table for Responsible Soy (RTRS).
Strengthen and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development.
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.
We are co-founders of the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare, an initiative that unites major companies and animal welfare experts in improving animal welfare standards at scale and in meeting consumer demand for food products from animals reared in systems that promote good animal welfare.