04 Nov 2015
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Living Wage Sodexo

Celebrating living wage week

This week is the Living Wage Foundation’s Living Wage Week. The week provides an opportunity to celebrate the living wage movement and raise awareness of the benefits of the living wage to organisations and their employees.
Back in June we announced that Sodexo UK and Ireland was working with the Living Wage Foundation as a formally recognised service provider. This is one of 16 commitments we made as part of our Public Service Pledge, an ethical manifesto which is designed to help us contribute to achieving a fairer and better society.

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21 Oct 2015
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Sustainable Coffee Farming Aspretto Fairtrade Sodexo

Sustainable coffee farming, securing farming and coffee for future generations

A key challenge for coffee farming communities in Peru is a lack of technical knowledge. This means that often farmers struggle to present their coffee in the way which commands the highest possible price. They also struggle to tackle issues such as La Roya, a type of leaf rust, which affects 80% of farms and can mean that farmers lose up to 50% of their crop.

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19 Oct 2015
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Two days until the biggest Sodexo Salon Culinaire Ever

After months of planning, there are just two days left until Sodexo’s largest ever Salon Culinaire, held at Ascot Racecourse this Wednesday 21st October.
The Sodexo Salon programme is the largest of its kind in the UK and second only to Hotelympia and The Restaurant Show, both leading industry wide events. From guest chef judges, celebrity chefs, amazing demonstrations on the day and the various features on offer to the extreme efforts of many competitors to do their very best, there is so much to be proud of and to celebrate.

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14 Oct 2015
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Aspretto Peru Coffee Farm Fairtrade Sodexo

How buying Aspretto coffee helps improve the lives of women and their families in Peru

As I have stated in my previous blogs, Fairtrade plays a vital role in providing security to coffee producers, by ensuring they are paid a price that covers the average cost of sustainable production. Whilst 80% of the Fairtrade premium is paid directly to farmers in this way, the remaining fifth is invested in projects to support he community as a whole.

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12 Oct 2015
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Wasteless Week Waste Reduction Education Sodexo

Everyone has a part to play in reducing waste

Today marks the beginning our annual global WasteLESS Week where our teams across the UK and Ireland promote ways we can all reduce waste.

With 7.2 million tonnes of food thrown away every year, Emanuel School in London is striving to beat their achievement last year by encouraging pupils and staff to take only what they can eat at mealtimes. Last year they saw food waste reduce by 43%. Follow their Twitter feed to see how they are doing this year!

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07 Oct 2015
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La Florida Co-operative Peru Aspretto Fairtrade

Why we partner with Fairtrade to pay farmers a fair price for their coffee beans

Aspretto coffee is Fairtrade. I am very proud that Sodexo supports Fairtrade through Aspretto coffee but what does this really mean?
The Fairtrade Foundation fixes the minimum price paid to a coffee co-operative for 1 U.S. pound (weight) of coffee beans to a guaranteed $1.40. This is 30% more than the current market rate which can fluctuate greatly. Fairtrade standards for coffee act as a safety net against the unpredictable market. They provide security to coffee producers who know that they will get a price that covers their average costs of sustainable production.

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01 Oct 2015
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An Opening your mind to the Xtra10 event

Companies need to think about the ageing workforce and intergenerational working

Today, on Older People’s Day, I attended the ‘Opening your mind to the Xtra10 event’, a workshop hosted by The Age of No Retirement. Designed and co-hosted with Barclays the aim of the workshop was to explore with other companies what a multigenerational strategy actually means in practice and what work needs to be done […]

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30 Sep 2015
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Kim Reeves, Retail Category Manager Hot Beverages for Sodexo in Peru

Shedding light on ‘deepest, darkest’ Peru

When you think of Peru, you might call to mind Paddington Bear, Machu Picchu or even panpipes, but you might not necessarily think coffee. But Peru is the source of the beans that Sodexo buys for Aspretto. In August 2015 I travelled to the north of Peru with our coffee supplier, UCC and representatives from the Fairtrade foundation to trace the journey of our coffee beans back to their source and to meet the farmers who produce it.

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25 Sep 2015
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Sodexo Long Service Awards Bateaux

Recognising long service

Every autumn we gather all those employees who have served the company for more than 20 years together in a celebration of their long service. This year is no exception. Yesterday (24 September) 170 long service recipients travelled to London to have their service recognised, the majority were celebrating 20 years but there was also a […]

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