GAITHERSBURG, Md., Aug. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In support of Sodexo's global commitment to source only cage-free eggs by 2025, the food services and facilities management company's U.S. operations announced today that they are on track to surpass this goal. By adding hard-boiled eggs to its cage-free commitment—which already includes shell and liquid eggs—70 percent of its total egg spend in U.S. will be sourced from cage-free products by spring 2018.
Further, the company's 12,500 accounts in the U.S. will begin to source open sow housed pork products this fall, all part of its broad commitment to improve the humane treatment of animals in its supply chain.
"As one of the largest food service providers in the world, this is the right decision for us," says Jim Pazzanese, Vice President of Supply Management. "These changes will have a positive impact on our organization, the environment and ultimately on our business. Our customers care about where their meat comes from and how animals are treated, and we want to give them the satisfaction of knowing their products are being sourced ethically and are sustainably raised."
In 2015, Sodexo announced its animal welfare commitment that encompassed changes to its supply of eggs, chicken, pork, dairy and beef. Improving the sustainability of its supply chain comes as a result of a rigorous process to gather opinions and evolving preferences of nearly 15 million Sodexo customers who are served every day in the U.S.
Sodexo's advancement in animal welfare is part of its overall commitment to corporate responsibility. Through its Better Tomorrow 2025 roadmap, the next step in the company's corporate responsibility journey, Sodexo responds to an evolving world and focuses on nine clear commitments that cover all impacts of the company's business as it pursues its mission of ensuring a better Quality of Life for all. For more information on Sodexo's Better Tomorrow 2025 roadmap, visit Sodexo's Corporate Responsibility website.
Sodexo USA is an American business that is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Delivering more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life, Sodexo is a leading provider of sustainable, integrated facilities management and food service operations. It employs 123,000 Americans at 12,500 sites across the country and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional U.S. jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $30 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger.