Originally Published by Sodexo.
Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to Quality of Life, was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its food recovery achievements during the 2017 EPA Food Recovery Challenge. In honor of the company’s ongoing commitment toward food waste prevention, Sodexo was named as the EPA’s national Endorser of the Year.
“We are proud to be recognized by the EPA for our commitment to food recovery,” said Ted Monk, vice president for corporate responsibility at Sodexo. “As always, we strive to integrate food waste prevention into our business through training and awareness, which is outlined in our Better Tomorrow 2025 strategy.”
Sodexo was recognized with the national Endorser of the Year award for educating businesses/organizations, including its clients, about the importance of sustainable management of food and the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge. Within the past year, Sodexo influenced 60 of its sites to join the challenge including Loyola Marymount University, New Mexico State University and Kansas State University among others.
To drive this message, Sodexo hosted hands-on waste reduction training for Sodexo employees and clients, redeveloped and revamped a waste reduction action plan available to all Sodexo operators and deployed Sodexo’s WasteWatch by LeanPath program, a technology combining sustainability and efficiency through an automated food waste tracking and analytics platform, at all applicable Sodexo sites globally.
Acknowledging that waste is one of the planet’s biggest collective challenges, Sodexo has committed to eliminating avoidable waste globally by 2025 through the company’s Better Tomorrow 2025 corporate responsibility roadmap. Included in this roadmap is Sodexo’s commitment to endorse and advocate for initiatives such as the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge.
“EPA is proud of the commitment [Sodexo] demonstrated to reduce food waste from the environment,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator, Cosmo Servidio. “Through EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, EPA partners with municipalities, businesses, nonprofits and other entities to reduce the amount of food in landfills and help them save money on waste disposal.”