WasteLESS Week 2020 winners

Our 2020 WasteLESS Week winners

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Each year Sodexo’s companywide WasteLESS Week campaign looks to encourage colleagues across the world to tackle waste reduction.

In 2020, we asked the UK and Ireland to focus on food waste – an important topic and a key commitment of our Better Tomorrow 2025 corporate responsibility roadmap, contributing to the planet pathway of our new Social Impact Pledge.

Our global and regional commitments include:

  • by 2030, Sodexo will have reduced food waste by 50%;
  • by 2025, 90% of all Sodexo’s waste will be recycled or reused;
  • by 2025, 100% of Sodexo’s sites will be tackling food waste.

…which is why WasteLESS Week is a great place to start to learn, share and shout about waste reduction, and our 2020 winners did just that!

We are delighted to announce that the Sodexo catering team at Diageo’s Shieldhall are the overall first place regional winners of WasteLESS Week 2020.

The team’s secret ingredient to their WasteLESS Week success was the way they targeted, challenged, and engaged with customers, clients, suppliers, and Sodexo colleagues alike. Over a short two-week period, through their hard work the team was able to measure and evidence a huge food waste reduction of more than 75% - down from 14 kg to just 3 kg.

On-site Catering Manager, Mo Djebbaili, prepared for WasteLESS Week by raising food waste in the team’s socially distance huddle sessions, asking for their collective ideas and solutions.

The team first investigated their own production, taking insight from the food waste collected across the site that would help pinpoint common areas to tackle. By using the tools available to them, including WRAP’s Guardians of Grub food waste tracker, the team were able to make simple changes that help reduce food waste before it even reaches the customer. Some of these changes included revised portion sizes, increased batch cooking and a reduction of ready to grab items reflecting business needs more closely.

Talking about why these actions were so important to him, Mo explains: “I was brought up to eat what I needed and only when hungry, not to overindulge in food.  It is important to understand that not everyone in the world has access to the same amount of food we eat on a daily basis where they are unable to sustain the basic needs causing lot of hunger across the world.”

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Pictured: Mo (left) and Gail (right) holding the WasteLESS Week 2020 trophy

Sodexo’s Gail Keown, the site’s General Site Manager, used her Diageo client relationship to share their findings and what the team had done, helping to demonstrate the importance of consumer behaviour. In response, together with the client, an awareness campaign directed at customers was deployed site wide making use of email, posters, and digital TV displays. The catering team were also briefed so they could communicate the impact of food waste to customers in an effective way.

Gail and the team also used this as an opportunity to engage the Diageo client with other waste reduction activities, asking customers to complete an online form containing suggested ideas of how other waste streams could be challenged. Suggestions varied from can crushing vending machines and simply turning off the lights.

Looking back at the team’s WasteLESS Week win, Mo comments: “I feel a sense of achievement and I am very proud of my team. It was because of their support and how they engaged with WasteLESS Week that meant we won. I know the team are also very proud and have said that it has made them look at food waste differently in work and even at home - whereas before, some of them wouldn’t even think twice about disposing of food.”

Gail adds: “I am very proud of Mo and the site’s catering team - they are the ones who put in all the hard work to achieve this WasteLESS Week win. Mo is an inspiration and is always fully focused on what we need to achieve by continuously engaging with his team and encouraging them to be more involved in making everyday improvements. In turn helping us to provide a better service to our customers.”

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Pictured: The WasteLESS Week 2020 winner's trophy

A huge congratulations to the Diageo Shieldhall team who were presented with a sustainable wooden trophy as recognition for their efforts – as well as bragging rights of course!

Food Waste Action Week is coming

Did you know that a third of all food produced globally ends up in landfill? Did you know that global food waste CO2 emissions are 6 times than global aviation emissions? This means that for every 2 tonnes of food we eat, another tonne is wasted whilst one in eight people in the UK still go hungry.

To help tackle this crisis, Sodexo has joined forces with WRAP as a strategic partner and will be taking part in Food Waste Action Week, taking place between 1 and 7 March 2021.

Over the next three weeks we will continue our focus on food waste by sharing more insight and best practice from our other 2020 WasteLESS Week winners – namely runners up from Microsoft and third place winners from the Department of Work and Pension’s (DWP) Integrator team.

Feeling inspired by our 2020 WasteLESS Week winners? Well, why not join us to learn about the real impact of food waste from Sodexo partners WWF UK and WRAP. In an hour webinar session on 2 March, we will explore how everyone can make small, practical changes both in the workplace and at home to make a big difference. Click here to register your interest - we hope to see you there!


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