Sodexo recognised at Waste2Zero awards 2020

Sodexo in partnership with ethical clearance company Waste to Wonder received the award for Best Waste Prevention (non-food) Project at the 2020 Waste2Zero awards. The company was also named runner up in the Best Waste Project Communication and Engagement category.

February 2020 saw the start of a refurbishment project for one of Sodexo’s blue-chip clients at two central London locations. Tasked by its client to redistribute as much as possible Sodexo partnered with Waste to Wonder to redistribute over 6,000 pieces of redundant office furniture and equipment through Its charitable arm, The Waste to Wonder Trust.

The furniture and equipment weighed around 289,000kg and through the project 99% was diverted from being sent for disposal as waste and redistributed to local and international charities to reuse.

Charities which benefited from the project included: Emmaus Greenwich (UK), Spark of Hope (Senegal & Uganda), FAST (Romania), and Mokwe Development Association (Cameroon).

Simon Mussett, head of waste management, Sodexo UK & Ireland, (pictured), said, “We are delighted to win this award with Waste to Wonder, we are incredibly proud of this project and helping our client prevent the unnecessary waste of office equipment and furniture by redistributing it to organisations who can maximise the life of the items and helping organisations who are creating new opportunities for disadvantaged individuals both locally and internationally.

“At Sodexo we are committed to ensuring all our waste solutions are built on the foundations of the waste hierarchy and adopt a circular approach and have set ourselves a target in the UK and Ireland to ensure 70% of the waste we produce and manage on behalf of our clients is reused and recycled.”

Sodexo was also announced as runner-up in the Best Waste Project Communication and Engagement category for its work on the account of one of its high-tech clients as part of Sodexo’s 2019 WasteLESS Week where Sodexo’s team demonstrated tremendous engagement and impact across Europe, Middle East and Africa through the creation of multiple resources.

These include a ‘Sustainability Best Practice Guide’, intuitive waste signs with QR codes to aid correct segregation and improve awareness, and other initiatives contributing to plastic waste reduction. A collective effort that helped reach the goal of making a true difference.

Ana Svab, CR manager, Sodexo UK & Ireland, added, ““Environmental protection is one of the key issues which we focus from a global and regional perspective. We acknowledge that action is critical to ensure that we, as responsible corporate citizen, do as much as we can to improve the quality of life of future generations and reduce the impact our business operations has on the environment.

'We continue to look at ways we can reduce our impact on the environment. We can only reach our targets with the help and support from our teams delivering services to our clients and consumers every day which is why our annual WasteLESS Week is an important campaign in our calendar.

“We were very impressed by the efforts of all of our teams, working closely with their clients to successfully engage, raise awareness and to evoke permanent behavioural change to help prevent and reduce waste.”