Caterer Sodexo has undertaken a survey of its supply chain to better understand how partners are managing carbon emissions as it looks to speed up its net zero goals.
Energy used on client sites to deliver its services, its supply chain and employee commuting are where the majority of the company’s emissions are generated.
It has quizzed key suppliers, including SMEs, on their climate strategies and progress to date as it looks to inform its wider net zero supply chain engagement strategy.
So far the business has seen a 33% reduction in its scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since its baseline year of 2017, equating to over 300,000 tCO2e.
The reduction in GHG emissions has been achieved by implementing a continuous improvement strategy including the designing and introduction of a carbon trajectory tool to support the analysis of Sodexo’s GHG emissions and identifying key actions and reduction levers to reach its climate goals.
As part of this strategy Sodexo reviewed its 2017 baseline – a practice recommended by SBTi as it gives a more accurate picture of a company’s carbon footprint.
As knowledge and systems evolve, Sodexo’s understanding of the data and how it is used has improved. This, coupled with changes in the organisational structure, have led to a revised total baseline figure of 928,160 tCO2e.
This 928,160 tCO2e represents the amount by which Sodexo needs to reduce its emissions to reach net zero.
By the end of its fiscal year 2022, Sodexo had reduced its emissions by one-third against the revised 2017 baseline.
There was an expected dip of emissions during the pandemic and an increase of emissions since fiscal year 2021 as the organisation transitions post-pandemic.
As well as surveying suppliers, Sodexo has increased the amount of renewable electricity it used to 92%, launched a 100% hybrid and electric vehicle policy and committed to halving food waste by 50% by 2025.
Sodexo’s next key milestone in the UK & Ireland will be to reduce its GHG emissions by 55% against the 2017 baseline year across all three scopes by 2030.
Claire Atkins Morris, director of corporate responsibility at Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “Despite the progress we have undoubtedly made, we know there is a way to go and that it is not about mitigation, it’s about adaptation – organisations need to consider how they do business to be able to meet their commitments and make an impact.”
In November 2022, Sodexo Group announced as part of its Capital Market’s Day a commitment to reach net zero by 2040.