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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.

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

100%

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

100%

com_sustainability_report_2021_icons20 of palm oil used in
kitchens to be certified sustainable by 2022

50%

com_sustainability_report_2021_icons19 of our fish and seafood to
be certified sustainable


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. Within our top 25 countries, in 2021 37% of coffee and tea purchased was certified ethically traded.

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Sustainable Fish & Seafood

In our top 25 markets, in the year ending September 2021, 51% of our fish and seafood is sourced sustainably – this rises to over 56% in our top 10 markets. We became a strategic partner of the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative during 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 additional high-risk commodities.

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CASE STUDIES

FARMING FOR THE FUTURE ACROSS THE GLOBE

In support of creating a more sustainable global food system for all, we are working actively with suppliers to find 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 – literally stacking crops in vertical layers – allows farmer to increase crop yields on their land, and dramatically reduce the need for water and pesticides.

  • In Ireland, our support has enabled two small farming businesses to seize the opportunity: we have helped one farmer become the country’s first commercial scale vertical farmer, and supported another to transform an old mushroom house into a vertical hydroponic, climatically controlled greenhouse that is productive all year round.
  • In France, Eurest is supporting a regenerative agricultural project which aims to increase biodiversity and reduce GHG emissions in supplier farms. From planting nutrient-rich crops such as legumes and omega-3 crops, to replacing imported soybean meal with plant-based animal feed crops, 1,000 Eurest restaurants have joined the Restaurons la terre initiative to showcase local, sustainable produce.
  • In Kazakhstan, we are growing our own tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, lettuce, courgettes, peppers and herbs using hydroponic water-saving methods. The 20,000 square meter system is capable of saving up to 160,000 litres of water each year.
  • In Belgium, we partnered with the Cooperative of Fruit and Vegetable Farmers on a seasonality calendar to show clients what’s good to eat at certain times of year, supporting local food producers and reducing food waste.

CALCULATING OUR SOYA FOOTPRINT IN UK & IRELAND

In October 2020, we calculated the soya footprint of our operations in the UK and Ireland. This allowed us to identify supply chain ‘hot-spots’ for deforestation risk. We began by contacting our meat and poultry suppliers to brief them on our sustainable soya sourcing policy and to establish which of their lines were either deforestation free or soya free. We then hosted a workshop for them in July 2021, supported by EFECA (Experts in Sustainable Forest & Agricultural Advice), the facilitators of the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya to encourage them to develop policies and strategies of their own.

Following this, we repeated the process with our core suppliers of dairy products and farmed fish. We now understand our soya footprint across all categories which will serve as the baseline for a long-term transition to sources of deforestation free soya. As a first step, we now purchase Roundtable for Responsible Soy (RTRS) credits for any soya in our supply chain associated with deforestation risk or of unknown origin, thereby supporting sustainable soya producers in developing countries and guaranteeing the production of deforestation free soya.

NO ORDINARY CUP OF JOE

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 in 2020.

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

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