Aramark Releases Annual ESG Progress Report
Aramark, a global provider of food, facilities, and uniform services, has released its 2022 Be Well. Do Well. Progress Report, which details its ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance) performance.
The company's Progress Report highlights its achievements in various areas, including diversity, community building, climate, food and worker safety, responsible sourcing, and waste reduction. The report provides an update on the company's efforts to promote sustainability and responsible business practices.
The key highlights from Aramark's Progress Report include:
Signing the Cool Food Pledge, a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food served in the U.S. by 25% by 2030.
Submitting enterprise-wide, science-based net-zero targets for validation to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
Making substantial progress on responsible sourcing commitments.
“The 2022 Be Well. Do Well. Progress Report is the latest chapter documenting our sustainability journey. This work is fundamental to our mission and how we do business, and we are very proud of our progress,” said John Zillmer, Aramark’s Chief Executive Officer.
Aramark's ESG platform, "Be Well. Do Well.," is a two-part initiative aimed at demonstrating the company's commitment to people and the planet. The platform was introduced in 2019 and represents the company's purpose and connection to its mission of providing service. Be Well. Do Well. works to reduce inequality, help and grow communities, promote diversity, protect the environment, and strengthen the business's core and long-term value proposition.
Some other highlights of the report include:
Working with 478 local farms and sourcing $61.7 million in local products in the U.S.
Enabling 8,000 managers to complete Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training.
Supporting nearly one million students, families, and individuals in the communities it serves.
Committing to achieving 44% plant-based menu offerings in U.S. college and university residential dining by 2025.
Distributing slip-resistant shoes to 120,000 U.S. employees through a national programme committed to ensuring the safety of workers called “Shoes for Crews.”
Reaching Target Zero (no work-related injuries) at 70% of global client locations.
Publishing a Human Rights Statement, an updated Business Conduct Policy, and a revised Supplier Code of Conduct that include material on sustainability practices and the social and environmental impact of procurement.
“As we celebrate our accomplishments and continue to deliver on our ESG commitments, we also acknowledge our work is not done. We will always have more to do to ensure we are meeting the needs of our clients, consumers, and investors as a sustainable business,” said Zillmer.
Aramark’s Be Well. Do Well. Progress Report also includes an ESG Performance Data Table and aligns with reporting frameworks from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).