Responsible Sourcing

Two chefs talking whilst preparing food in kitchen

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.

Key targets


com_sustainability_report_2021_icons10 of our shell eggs and
liquid egg products will
be cage-free by 2025


com_sustainability_report_2021_icons20 of palm oil used in
our kitchens to be
certified sustainable


com_sustainability_report_2021_icons19 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.

responsible sourcing eggs

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.

Ethical sourcing

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.

Farmer and grower
Hawaiian salmon poce with avocado, rice and sesamo served in bowls on tropical leaves. Turquoise slate background. Top view.

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.

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Case Studies

Regenerative agriculture

Compass Group France is supporting the transformation of French agriculture to one that is sustainable and regenerative. In partnership with Fermes D’Avenir, we are developing eight farms which will showcase how alternative, regenerative agricultural techniques can be successfully utilised in the future.

The farms will demonstrate how you can feed local populations within the parameters of the planet, whilst building relationships and social links between communities, and, most importantly, providing a secure and sustainable livelihood for farmers.

Hyper-local sourcing

The Defence, Marine and Aerospace sector of ESS, part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, has created a one-acre organic garden on site at the Defence Academy. The garden was created by converting previously unused land, which now grows a range of vegetables and herbs. The site is managed by two gardeners and incorporates ground and raised beds and polytunnels housing crops including tomatoes, courgettes, beans, leeks, spring onions, beetroots and pumpkins. The techniques in use include inter-planting, creating appealing environments for beneficial species and incorporating plants to attract pollinators.

Fundamentally, the ingredients grown are being used by our chefs on-site, helping to increase the volume and diversity of plants in our menus. Food waste is also collected from our kitchens and used to produce compost for the site, creating a closed-loop circular economy.

one-acre organic garden on site at the Defence Academy
Farming for the future with close up of rhubarb

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.

Promoting higher animal welfare standards

More on Animal Welfare here

  • 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. 
Farm animal welfare standards with chickens running freely

Policies & Statements

Supply Chain Integrity Policy Statement

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Human Rights Policy

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Global Supplier Code of Conduct 

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Modern Slavery Act Statement

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