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Responsible Sourcing

Having a safe and sustainable supply chain is important for us to deliver the quality of food service that is a key business driver for Compass. We work with our suppliers to help us meet our responsible sourcing standards and goals.

Find out more about our Responsible Sourcing case studies

Farm Animal Welfare

The welfare of farm animals within our global supply chains is important to us and is a key element of our Responsible Sourcing strategy.

The provenance and quality of the food we purchase is a key consideration for us. We require that food is purchased only from authorised suppliers and we work closely with our supply partners to ensure that they continue to meet the standards that we require.


Global supply chain integrity 

Our aim is to have industry leading standards that set the benchmark for performance regarding purchasing and supply chain practices. Our global Supply Chain Integrity Standards set out the minimum sourcing requirements for the mitigation of key risks to the integrity of our supply chain. The standards are regularly reviewed and updated, providing our customers with the assurance that we will provide them with food that is safe, wholesome and responsibly sourced.


We regularly review country performance against our global Supply Chain Integrity Standards to promote consistency in operating practices across the Group.

Case studies


In 2019, Foodbuy – our procurement business in the UK and Ireland – joined the Buy Social Corporate Challenge, led by Social Enterprise UK. The initiative brings together corporate partners from a broad range of industries with a collective ambition to spend £1 billion with social enterprises.

In 2020, Foodbuy UK and Ireland enhanced its commitment to supporting social enterprises by setting a target to spend £5 million with social enterprises in the UK. Our goal is to support purpose led social enterprises who are changing the world for the better by donating or reinvesting at least 50% of their profits towards their social purpose, either through helping people and local communities, fighting food waste or protecting the planet.

Our efforts to support sustainable causes throughout our supply chain was recognised at the 2020 CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards: Foodbuy UK & Ireland won ‘Best Initiative to Deliver Social Value through Procurement’.

“As the world recovers from the pandemic, we believe it’s more important than ever to support social enterprises, and we are really proud to be a partner of the Buy Social Corporate Challenge.” Laura Neville, Global Responsible Sourcing Lead, Compass Group.


Hundreds of people, with years of expertise in coffee cultivation and an intense dedication to the craft, are behind every Tradecraft cup of coffee we served in Compass locations across the USA.

Tradecraft commits to only working with roasters and tea partners that are either fair trade, direct trade or organic, and who support a social cause or give back to their communities in a substantial way. Over Tradecraft’s history, they have purchased over $20M of high quality, hand-crafted coffee and tea from 50+ partners that support initiatives in local communities from where the ingredients are grown to where the final product is sold.

Colectivo Coffee: For Tradecraft’s roasting partners, buying Fair Trade certified coffees means they are confident everyone involved in delivering the final cup of coffee is well cared for. Fair Trade is a partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks greater equity in international trade. These practices have made a substantial impact to various communities, including the expansion of a girls school in Ethiopia, gender equality workshops in Peru and the building of a cervical cancer screening site in Nicaragua.

Counter Culture: Tradecraft’s direct trade partners build relationships so close with their bean farmers they release a sustainability report each year that is 100% traceable for the entire supply chain. This type of connection allows Counter Culture to continually purchase coffee above the average selling price, source from partners they’ve known for years, and give back to grass-roots initiatives where the coffee is grown, including contributing to teachers’ salaries and planting trees that preserve water sources.

Teatulia: One of Tradecraft’s certified organic tea partners, Teatulia is a woman-owned B-Corp organization that rejuvenated a 3,000-acre farm and established a co-op to ensure they have the best supply chain for the earth, their community and your tea. Organic certified growers like Teatulia follow an agriculture system that supports biodiversity and enhances soil health by using only approved substances and organic farming methods.

Supply Chain Integrity Policy Statement

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Human Rights Policy Statement

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