Sodexo's commitments to improving animal welfare fit firmly into our responsible sourcing strategy as part of the work on sustainable agriculture. Our framework supports our corporate responsibility roadmap, Better Tomorrow 2025, and the needs of our clients. As we continue to advance our approach, periodic updates regarding our process are an important aspect of demonstrating our progress in this space.

Sodexo‘s dedication to transparency includes discussing the challenges in progress and reporting that is based on detailed purchasing data. The backbone of our reporting will continue to be the annual process of a full year’s data, independently audited by a third-party. However, more frequent updates throughout the year will provide further transparency of our progress.

Following our cycle of reporting and root cause analysis, please see our updates in three critical areas: cage-free eggs, broiler chicken welfare improvements and gestation crate use in pork production.

 

Cage-Free Eggs

Through the advances we've made this past year in data visibility, we have conducted root cause analysis from our annual reporting data (third party audited in late July). From that new level of detail, we worked to secure the funding necessary to advance our cage-free goals. This new funding will ensure that wherever we can take action we will, and our detailed data will make it easier to monitor root cause along the way and course correct where we can. We look forward to reporting our progress in coming quarters to demonstrate the impact of this renewed dedication toward our 100% cage-free goal, with an expectation that we can reach virtually 100% within the next year, with more specific projections in the coming months.

 

Broiler Chicken Welfare Improvements

In relation to Sodexo’s commitment to improve the welfare of broiler chickens through the Better Chicken Commitment (BCC), we are developing a roadmap on the various aspects of our chicken commitment for release in 2023. We are still committed to aligning fully with the BCC and the road mapping process will help us determine when we anticipate being able to meet each of the various components. This is certainly one of the areas where collective action is important, and our work is enabled in part by our participation in Compassion in World Farming's US Working Group for Broiler Welfare.

 

Gestation Crate Use in Pork Production

We are pleased to share that our progress in shifting to pork products coming from production methods that utilize free to roam processes has progressed faster than expected. Our previous goal to source pork products from sources that utilizing free-to-roam systems (also referred to as group housed or reduced gestation crate) by the end of 2025 we now expect to achieve in 2024. We look forward to sharing more updates as we progress on the continuum towards gestation crate free pork.