Sodexo Awarded for Sustainable Food Procurement in Vermont

Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to Quality of Life, announced today that the company received an Outstanding Case Study Award at the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council’s (SPLC) national Summit in Portland, Oregon for Sodexo’s Vermont First initiative. Through Vermont First, Sodexo works with farmers, distributors, processors, state government, non-profits and supply chain players to increase the amount of local food grown and sold in the state and beyond.

Last year, through Vermont First, Sodexo spent $2.8 million on local products in addition to convening over 30 stakeholder meetings and sponsored events including an Advisory Board and multiple focus groups to bring together Vermont food system stakeholders to solve the challenges of farm to institution. The success of Vermont First led to The Maine Course, a similar sustainability initiative across New England. Last year, $1.3 million was spent on local food thanks to The Maine Course by Sodexo.

“I am extremely delighted to have Sodexo’s VT First program recognized as a pillar of local sourcing through the lens of SPLC’s Leadership Principles,” said Judy Panayos, Sustainability Director for Sodexo’s North America Supply Management. “VT First embodies the collaborative and intentional approach to positive impact on the community that we expect to leverage in all our local sourcing programs.”

Sodexo incorporates local sourcing into the company’s overall purchasing practices to further support the communities in which Sodexo does business. As part of the organization’s corporate responsibility roadmap, called Better Tomorrow 2025, Sodexo is proud to enrich communities by sourcing local to focus on long-term sustainability.

To be considered for an Outstanding Case Study Award by the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), case studies must exemplify one or more of SPLC’s Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing and show measurable results in terms of environmental, social and economic performance of purchasing.

About SPLC
Founded in 2013, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council convenes buyers, suppliers, and public interest advocates to develop programs that simplify and standardize sustainable purchasing efforts by large organizations. The Council has quickly attracted, from a wide variety of sectors and regions, more than 200 members with over $300 billion in collective purchasing power. Hundreds of organizations are now using SPLC’s Guidance, resources, and online community of practice to create and enhance strategic sustainable purchasing and supply chain programs.
About Sodexo North America
Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 72 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily. The company employs 160,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada, and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $19 billion in goods and services from small to large businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., in 2018, Sodexo contributed over 159,500 in volunteer hours, and since 1996, the Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed nearly $34.5 million to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit SodexoUSA.com, SodexoInsights.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

Taking Root Student Symposium – VIDEO

Last October, we organized and hosted the first Taking Root Student Symposium in partnership with Vermont Farm to Plate and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. Overall, 83 students from 7 Vermont campuses, joined by 67 staff, faculty, and community members heard from entrepreneurs, farmers, and policymakers to learn about current food systems issues and engaged with leaders in the field to discuss potential careers working in Vermont’s food system. If you missed it, or if you attended and want to see scenes from the day, check out our video from the day here!

A huge thanks to UVM Video and everyone who took the time to speak on our video covering the day of the Student Symposium!