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.
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.
of our shell eggs and
liquid egg products will
be cage-free by 2025
of palm oil used in
our kitchens to be certified sustainable
of our fish and seafood to be certified sustainable
Our global cage-free commitment is translated and available to view in 20+ languages. Download here.
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.
We are committed to socially responsible sourcing and purchase certified ethically traded products for key ingredients. Globally, 46% of the coffee and tea we purchased was certified ethically traded.
Sustainable Fish & Seafood
In 2022, 51% of our fish and seafood was sourced sustainably and we have been a strategic partner of the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative since 2021. We work alongside other food businesses to scale actions in sustainable sourcing.
Towards Zero Net Deforestation
One of the actions towards net zero is to deliver a global deforestation-free and land conversion-free supply chain strategy. We will achieve this through the increased use of sustainable palm oil, soy, beef, and timber and paper materials in the products that we source globally and by reviewing and taking action on high-risk commodities.
Promoting higher animal welfare standards
In Australia in 2022, 92% of the fresh/frozen raw and value-added chicken we purchased was certified to meet RSPA approved farming scheme standards. We are also raising awareness with consumers of our commitments and achievements through educational campaigns on posters, table-talkers, stickers, bulletins and social media posts.
In the US, we will transition to, at a minimum, group housed pork (pigs crated 5-7 days) by Summer 2023 with our priority being to source gestation crate free pork.
We use consumer-facing print and digital materials to educate and guide guests on our higher welfare policies. Materials include the promotion of cage-free eggs, reduced antibiotic poultry, Certified Humane proteins and our annual celebration of National Seafood Month.
Farming for the future
We are committed to playing our part in driving the transition to a healthy and sustainable global food system. As part of this commitment, we are working with suppliers to find new ways to produce more food with less water, land, waste and greenhouse gas emissions.
We continue to be impressed by supplier ingenuity, from hydronic vertical basil cultivation in Ireland, to regenerative agriculture partnerships in France. Vertical farming, an agricultural technique which sees crops stacked in vertical layers, allows farmers to increase crop yields on their land, whilst dramatically reducing the amount of water and pesticides needed.
In the UK and Ireland, in collaboration with the Soil Association Exchange (SAX), we are encouraging and rewarding supplier farms to switch to more sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices. The SAX web platform maps the impact of farms against important environmental criteria using cutting-edge science and data. SAX’s team of agricultural consultants collaborate with farmers to support them to make changes and improvements. Our Foodbuy team spent two days completing a comprehensive soil sampling assessment on one of our five pilot farms, including bird surveying, water testing and much more.
APAC progress towards cage-free egg commitments
At Compass Group we're committed to sourcing only cage-free eggs globally by 2025. In more challenging regions like Asia-Pacific, we are working with experts at Global Food Partners (GFP) to ensure we meet our commitment. GFP is helping us achieve this by providing localised subject matter expertise, helping us to develop cage-free implementation roadmaps, facilitating engagement with our egg suppliers, and providing training to our internal procurement and sustainability teams.
Partnering for sustainable seafood across LATAM
The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative, better known as GSSI, supports buyers with understanding which solutions can support their company to source and procure seafood more sustainably. Compass Group has been a GSSI Partner since 2020, joining a global partnership bringing together the complete seafood supply chain as well as the UN FAO, NGOs and research institutes. As part of our collaboration, GSSI’s partnerships manager presented to our LATAM procurement team in October 2022, sharing their experiences of working with global seafood supply chain companies.