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Aramark is Doing its Part to Drive Climate-Healthy Menus

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has launched an activist campaign against Aramark demanding that we decrease purchases of animal products by 20% over 2 years in order to reduce carbon emissions.

We agree that reducing carbon emissions is important, and we are on a clear pathway to continually decrease our emissions through a comprehensive strategy. We’re conducting an emissions inventory, identifying specific actions to drive our reduction of carbon emissions and working toward improving our public reporting.

Right now we are reducing emissions across all our operations—from the food we serve to vehicles we drive—including offering plant-forward menu options, decreasing food waste and reducing fuel consumption. To coordinate and advance these efforts, we announced Be Well. Do Well., Aramark’s sustainability plan. This plan outlines Aramark’s vision for the future to enable the wellbeing of millions of people and to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

We are disappointed that NRDC has ignored and minimized our substantial progress including:

  • Over 200 new plant-based recipes created
  • 30 percent of main dishes on our menus are vegan or vegetarian
  • Increased fruits, vegetables and whole grains nearly 20% across our menus
  • In 2019, we reported a 5% average reduction in the amount of red meat—beef, pork and lamb—in our recipes, since we began our Healthy for Life 2020 collaboration with the American Heart Association in 2015
  • With the continuation of our plant-forward initiative over the past year, we are now on track to report more than double this reduction, achieving a 12% average reduction of red meat as of 2020

Get the facts on all of our progress here.

We prefer to have a constructive dialogue with NRDC, as we do share interests in reducing emissions. We are committed to providing menu options consistent with a range of consumer preferences, including climate-healthy menu choices. This is an important balance that we would encourage NRDC to acknowledge.

As NRDC works to convince you of our inaction, we hope that you will consider all that we have accomplished to date. Aramark will keep doing its part now and into the future.


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