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ESG and Sustainability


Sustainability is a fundamental part of our Purpose agenda; being an ethical and responsible business making a positive impact remains our highest priority.

Reporting on our progress

Read more about our activities and performance in our 2020 Sustainability Report.

Sustainability is crucial to business. People are increasingly mindful of the connection between what they eat and their health, as well as the health of the planet, and employees want to work for a company with a purpose. Our strategy, announced in 2018, recognises the importance of sustainability with People and Purpose two of our three key strategic priorities.

Our Pillars

Knowing where our business can have the biggest impact and taking account of what matters most to our stakeholders, alongside industry trends, is important to us. Despite the new challenges presented by COVID-19, we continue to uphold our environmental and social commitments whilst working hard to keep our people and our consumers safe. Underpinned by the topics of Safety and People, our sustainability strategy focuses on three key pillars:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Environmental game changers 
  • Better for the world

Read more about our sustainability strategy here. Compass Group supports the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and our sustainability strategy is aligned to several of the goals, read more here.

We report to a number of sustainability indices  including CDP, EcoVadis, the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark and The UN Global Compact. View our CDP Climate change 2020 report here.

Our Policies

Read more about our commitment to Purpose in our annual report. Read about our policies including our Code of Business Conduct, Code of Ethics, Supply Chain Integrity Standards, Human Rights, Environment, Health and Safety policies and more. Read more here.

Responding to global challenges

By aligning our priorities with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainability Governance

The Corporate Responsibility committee oversees the delivery of our corporate responsibility, people, health, safety and sustainability, compliance and ethics, and stakeholder engagement strategies. The Committee ensures our policies and practices align with our Company culture, purpose and values. The Committee meets at least three times a year, for more information see our annual report.