Our purpose revolves around our mission to enrich and nourish lives: We strive to create a better world by considering the company’s environmental, economic, social and ethical dimensions.
Be Well. Do Well. is Aramark’s sustainability plan. It sums up our goal to make a positive impact on people and planet over the next five years. Simply stated, we are working to reduce inequity, support and grow our communities, and protect our planet.
Be Well. Do Well. accelerates our sustainability efforts and aligns with our vision for our future:
To enable equity and wellbeing for millions, and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.
These goals convey our priorities and ambitions, focusing our efforts and inspiring our organization.
Our sustainability plan starts with people. People are at the center of everything we do and so we’re focused on equity and wellbeing of our employees and consumers, the people in the communities where we live and work, as well as the people in our supply chain. We also focus on the wellbeing of our planet by minimizing environmental impact across all of our operations, from the foods we serve and facilities we operate to the vehicles we drive.
Each goal is supported by four priorities, which align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We have identified key performance indicators and internal targets tied to our business objectives to drive outcomes against those priorities.
Our People priorities are to engage employees, empower healthy consumers, build local communities and source ethically and inclusively.
Our Planet priorities are to source responsibly, operate efficiently, minimize food waste and reduce packaging.
Our commitment to sustainability, to doing the right thing always, begins with integrity. We are committed to conducting business according to the highest ethical standards and in compliance with the law. Our Business Conduct Policy (BCP) details our commitment to operating ethically and transparently. It explains the basic rules and principles that apply to every Aramark team member. Annual training addresses anti-corruption, human rights and the workplace environment, accurate books and records, privacy and confidentiality, and safety, as well as how to report potential BCP violations. There are numerous ways to report a possible violation of the Business Conduct Policy. The Aramark Hotline is operated by a third-party company, and translation services are available. Reports can be made anonymously, and Aramark also prohibits retaliation against persons who report a suspected violation in good faith.
On our journey of continuous improvement, we are committed to expanding public reporting on our sustainability plan, building greater awareness among our employees, consumers, clients, partners and investors. We’re proud of our efforts and are excited about implementing our five-year plan. Our 2020 Be Well. Do Well. Impact Report provides details on our platform and the progress we've made.
Read about Sustainability Governance at Aramark.
Making a positive impact on people
People are at the cornerstone of everything we do, from running our business and engaging our employees, to empowering healthy consumers, building local communities, and sourcing in an ethical and inclusive way. We are proud of our long-standing commitment to enable the wellbeing of all the people we connect to, and we’re committed to doing even more.
Our goal is to provide access to opportunities – opportunities for our employees, consumers, communities and people in our supply chain. Building on our current work, we continue to help people to develop careers and livelihoods; access, choose and prepare healthy food; and grow communities, businesses and local economies.
Moreover, we focus on safety every step of the way: in the food we serve, the places we work, and in our daily operations. It’s our responsibility to maintain the highest levels of safety for our own employees, as well as our customers and our clients.
Making a positive impact on the planet
When it comes to reducing our environmental impact, we’re focusing on addressing climate change. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is our top priority and something we can impact in all of our businesses, through the foods we serve to the vehicles we drive.
We’ve set a specific climate goal as a core pillar of our plan – we’ve committed that by the end of 2025, we’ll reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 15% from our 2019 baseline, thus decreasing our carbon footprint.
Our commitment builds on work we’ve already started to reduce emissions by sourcing responsibly, operating efficiently, minimizing food waste and reducing packaging. We’re also increasing our climate-healthy plant-forward menu options through our Healthy for Life® initiative. And we’re proud to highlight progress toward our No-Deforestation Policy.
Furthermore, during 2020, we completed a greenhouse gas inventory covering emissions we control and influence, identified opportunities to improve emissions tracking, and are working toward improving our public reporting. In fact, Aramark has been reporting to CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) for more than 10 years. In 2020, Aramark made its CDP Climate and Forestry responses publicly available.
Minimizing the impact to people, animals and the environment through responsible purchasing.