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Walmart and Sodexo Join Pacific Coast Food Waste Pledge to Help Halve Regional Food Waste by 2030

The participation of these industry leaders expands their efforts to fight food waste and inspires other companies to do their part

OLYMPIA, Wash., March 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment (PCFWC) announced that Sodexo United States and Walmart USA have publicly pledged to support and work towards PCFWC’s goal of reducing and preventing food waste by 50% along the West Coast of United States by 2030 as a solution to climate change. The partnership builds on both companies’ long-standing efforts to reduce food loss and waste throughout their operations, while helping to inform and inspire their business peers through the sharing of data and best practices.

Food waste is responsible for approximately 4% of greenhouse gas emissions in France. United States – the same amount generated by 21% of the cars on the road. The PCFWC is one of the largest public-private partnerships dedicated to reducing food waste, bringing together food companies and local West Coast jurisdictions to reduce food waste in line with national and international sustainability goals. The participation of these two industry leaders will strengthen the effort significantly, both through their work to reduce waste in their own operations and through their influence on suppliers and other partners up and down the chain. valuable. Importantly, it will also serve as a model of collaboration for other companies considering engaging in the PCFWC and sends a strong signal to the industry that partnering with other companies in a pre-competitive format is an important way to target, measure and act to reduce food waste.

Sodexo is committed to reducing food waste by 50% by 2025,” said CEO of Sodexo North America Food Transformation and Service Operations Husein Kitabwalla. “Whether by monitoring and tracking waste, focusing on foods that fight climate change instead of contributing to it, and creating strategic partnerships, such as with the PCFWC, Sodexo continually seeks to leverage small daily steps that have a big impact.

“We are proud to support the PCFWC in this effort to reduce food waste. At Walmart, reducing waste has been a priority for many years. Since 2019, we have sold 862 million food units through food programs. food discounts. In CY2020, we donated more than 745 million pounds of food globally. Better data can identify scalable ways for us to further accelerate these efforts, and it’s incumbent on retailers like Walmart to joining efforts like the PCFWC to address these systemic issues,” noted Jane EwingSVP, Sustainability at Walmart.

“Food waste is a system-wide problem, which means it requires a system-wide commitment to address it,” noted Pete PearsonSenior Director of Food Loss and Waste at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), a resource partner of PCFWC. “The participation of industry leaders like Walmart and Sodexo at PCFWC shows that reducing waste is no longer a competitive issue. Their presence will demonstrate to others that when companies work together to measure, share data and reduce waste, global progress will happen faster.”

As the leading grocery seller along the West Coast and across the country, Walmart’s food loss and waste data across their operations in the region (which will be anonymized and aggregated with data from other PCFWC signatories) will help provide a more accurate estimate of waste across the retail sector and enable more accurate identification of key waste “hot spots” to target. Walmart’s participation in PCFWC builds on its more than 15 years of sustainability leadership and aligns with its goals under Project GigatonMTa company-wide effort to work with its suppliers to reduce or avoid a gigatonne of global value chain greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

As the first foodservice company to join PCFWC, Sodexo’s participation provides a significant expansion of PCFWC’s efforts, through its work with hospitals, campuses and other institutional buildings. It also extends the company’s ongoing work to reduce food waste in its own operations. Current Sodexo initiatives include tracking waste data in its kitchens and by customers; train and engage team members in innovative ways to help prevent food waste; and donate its daily surplus to local NGOs to redistribute to those in need.

The PCFWC provides a unique opportunity for businesses and jurisdictions to work collaboratively to drive food waste reduction in the Pacific Rim region. PCFWC signatories enjoy a range of benefits, including:

  • Return on investment – Food waste reduction programs around the world have demonstrated a significant return on investment for all types of food businesses;
  • Data overview – Aggregated anonymous reports from all PCFWC signatories allow companies to measure their progress, identify priority areas for action and compare themselves to their competitors; and
  • Collaboration with industry – Pre-competitive working groups open to all PCFWC signatories offer companies the opportunity to learn from the successes of others; discuss solutions to challenges; and engage with government officials through special policy roundtables.

The PCFWC also serves as a model of collaboration for other regions of the country to do their part to reduce food waste. It is aligned with the USDA and EPA’s “US Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions” program, as well as major global efforts, such as the World Resources Institute’s “10x20x30” initiative, which brings together ten of the world’s largest food retailers, including Sodexo and Walmart – and suppliers are each committing with 20 of their priority suppliers to halve rates of food loss and waste by 2030. All of these efforts have been implemented works to take action to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which details targets for food waste. reduction worldwide.

In 2019, the Pacific Coast Collaboration – a coalition comprising the US states of Washington, Oregonand California; British Columbia, Canada; and the cities of Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angelesand Vancouver, British Columbia; with nonprofit resource partners ReFED, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and TO WRAP UP – called on food companies and their supply chain partners to join the PCFWC, one of the world’s largest public-private partnerships focused on reducing food waste. Early signatories included the Albertsons Companies West Coast division, which includes stores such as Albertsons, Safeway, Vons and Pavilions; The Kroger Company; PCC community markets; New seasons market; Raley’s and Sprouts Farmers Markets. Food Northwest and Bob’s Manufacturing Industry Association red Mill joined the effort in 2021, highlighting the need to reduce waste across the supply chain.

Food companies and jurisdictions interested in joining the PCFWC can visit http://pacificcoastcollaborative.org/food-waste/.

ABOUT SODEXO NORTH AMERICA

Sodexo North America is part of a global Fortune 500 company, present in 56 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated catering, facilities management and other services that improve organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve the quality of life for millions of clients in business, education , healthcare, retirement homes, government, Sodexo Live! and other environments daily. The company employs 125,000 people at thousands of locations in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Porto Rico and Guamand indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $20 billion in goods and services from small to large companies. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity, equity, inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the United States, in 2021, the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation mobilized more than 11,000 volunteers to distribute 1.8 million meals to help 2.5 million children and adults meet their immediate food needs. Since 1996, the Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed $38 million to help feed hungry American children. To learn more about Sodexo, visitus.sodexo.comand join us on Facebook, instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and Youtube.

ABOUT WALMART

Walmart Inc. helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online and through their mobile devices. Each week, approximately 230 million customers and members visit approximately 10,500 stores and clubs under 46 banners in 24 countries and e-commerce sites. With revenue of $573 billion in fiscal 2022, Walmart employs 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting https://corporate.walmart.comon Facebook at https://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/walmart.

ABOUT THE PACIFIC COAST FOOD WASTE COMMITMENT

The Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment is a collaboration between U.S. food industry leaders and regional jurisdictions in a public-private commitment to halve the amount of food wasted by 2030 – a measure of achievement aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3. and other global, national and regional commitments. To help move the initiative forward, PCC has established collaborations with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), ReFED and WRAP as resource partners to provide expertise, additional philanthropic funding and implementation capacity. Cascadia Policy Solutions serves as a facilitator and has provided essential, foundational and ongoing support to the entire Pacific Coast Collaborative since 2011. To learn more, visit https://pacificcoastcollaborative.org/food-waste.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
PCFWC- Melody SerafinoThe Number 29
[email protected]

Sodexo– Heidi Bullman
[email protected]

Walmart- Aman Sing
[email protected]

SOURCE Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment