Today’s consumer is more aware and interested than ever in issues that affect them, their communities and our world.
Sourcing products responsibly -- in a way that minimizes impacts to people, animals and the environment -- has a direct affect on our local and global economies, our health and wellness, and the environment. We work closely with our suppliers and our clients to provide options to meet a variety of sustainability objectives.
We buy locally sourced fruits and vegetables, humanely-raised meats and sustainably caught seafood. And our efforts extend to products like fair-trade certified coffee, and reusable, recyclable and compostable plates, cups, cutlery and paper products. Working with our suppliers, we’ve taken important steps on responsible sourcing:
According to the World Wildlife Fund, in the next 40 years, increased demand for food will put pressure on agricultural, aquaculture and fishing resources that are already strained.
At Aramark, we recognize the increasing pressure on our food systems due to global issues such as resource scarcity, volatile commodity markets, and labor inequalities. We have an opportunity to address myriad environmental, social and economic issues while reducing risk and driving innovation.
Our University of Minnesota Dining Services team is a great example of how we address these issues in an innovative way. The team works with multiple hyper-local suppliers that are part of the University of Minnesota community:
Through our Animal Welfare Principles and Policy we’re impacting the treatment of animals for egg, meat and dairy products in the U.S.
Through engagement with suppliers, academia and NGOs such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), Global Animal Partnership (GAP) and many others, our industry-leading policy continues to expand on commitments we’ve made over the last several years to:
We have high expectations for our suppliers. We’re working with them to address issues such as painful procedures, rapid growth and other practices and we work only with suppliers that show progress in animal welfare practices. In fact, we ask them for progress reports and require third-party documentation of their efforts.
To view our recent Animal Welfare Progress Report, click here.
Seafood is one of the most popular proteins in the world and yet, according to the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization, 90 percent of the world’s ocean fisheries are at risk - threatened by fishing practices that stress the environment and marine life, and in some instances affect human rights. As the demand for seafood increases, fish farming has grown too, but it also has impacts.
We strive to buy seafood from sources, whether fished or farmed, that can sustain production without negatively affecting ecosystems and seafood workers. We’re on a journey to keep improving, a journey that includes not only responsible practices, but also innovative seafood menus, and information and education for our employees, clients and customers.
Through our Sustainable Seafood Principle and Policy:
June 19, 2017 - We are committed to making progress through our industry leading food management practices and procedures. Our goal to reduce the amount of food waste we generate 50 percent by 2030 can make a meaningful difference to our business, the environment and communities.