Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability

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Dining services are provided by Sodexo which is
committed to corporate citizenship and sustainability

Sustainability: locally and nationally

  • Buying Local
    • On Oahu, Sodexo uses 30% local produce and hopes to increase that number as more local produce becomes available.
  • armstrong produceSodexo purchases produce from Armstrong Produce, a locally based company. Purchasing produce from Hawaii supports local farmers, and enables them to provide the freshest produce available to our patrons. Many of the local farms companies are family owned, and take great pride in growing high quality, fresh produce.
    • Aloun Farm - Kaploei, Oahu
    • A & T Belmes Farm - Keaau, Hawaii
    • Rogelio Domingo - Keaau, Hawaii
    • Hawaii Enterprise - Hilo, Hawaii
    • Hirako Farms - Kamuela, Hawaii
    • Kahuku Farmers - Kahuku, Oahu
    • Kaneshiro Farm - Waimanalo, Oahu
    • Elmer Manuel - Waianae, Oahu
    • Mauna Kea Banana Co. - Hilo, Hawaii
    • May’s Wonder Garden - Haleiwa, Oahu
    • Rainbow Royale Properties, LLC - Hilo, Hawaii
    • Song Farm - Kaneohe, Oahu
    • Sugarland Distribution - Kunia, Oahu
    • W & C Julian Farm - Pahoa, Hawaii
    • You Produce - Kailua, Oahu
  • Conserving Resources
    • Eco-feed
      • Wet food waste goes to pig farmers, diverting thousands of pounds of food waste from going to the landfill annually. In 2008 over 200 tons of wet food waste from Sodexo’s UH Manoa account was diverted from the landfill.
    • Napkin Dispensers
      Xpressnap dispensers are used that only dispense one napkin at a time. After one year, Sodexo’s switch to recycled napkins in 1,300 foodservice operations nationwide has resulted in saving nearly ten million gallons of water, more than 23,000 trees, half a million gallons of oil and five and a half million kilowatts of energy nationally.
      • Energy was saved because less power is used to recycle paper products than to create them from virgin material-enough was saved through the napkin program to power 600 American homes for an entire year! In addition, more than half a million gallons of oil were saved-38 tanker trucks worth-and 41 tons of pollutants were kept out of the environment.
      • Further, 4,131 cubic yards of paper were diverted from landfill space. This is enough to cover an entire football field with a two and a half feet deep stack of paper.
    • Bio-compostable containers, utensils and plates
      At the University of Hawai`i, Sodexo offers bio-compostable cups, plates, utensils and take-out containers whenever possible. This is important, especially in Hawai`i, because of the limited space available in landfills. Although there are no facilities that currently compost these containers in Hawai`i, they hope to send a message to the state that this is an important initiative that we are willing to support.
      Additionally, by using the bio-compostable containers they can be sure that they are safe to burn in our HPower plant and will not leach potentially hazardous chemicals into the air.
    • Recycling cooking oils and grease
      • Used cooking oils and grease are turned into biodiesel right here in Hawai`i. In one year, they were able to recycle 4000 gallons of oils that will be used to power machinery.
    • APEX Dishwashing System
      Sodexo uses the Ecolab Apex™ program. Apex™ combines technology and products designed to save water and energy as well as minimize the impact on the environment. The system uses non-caustic chemistry and 95 percent less packaging material than prior methods.
      • In one year, across the country, Sodexo saved an estimated 22,440,641 gallons of water. That’s enough to fill 34 Olympic-sized pools.
      Sodexo saved 11,332,524 kilowatt hours of energy–enough energy to power more than 1,069 homes for a year!
      Sodexo also saved 141,878 pounds of waste–that’s more waste than 551 average homes produce annually.
    • Trayless Dining
      • Gateway Café and Campus Center Dining locations on Campus are trayless. In going trayless, electricity, water and chemical usage are reduced because there are far fewer dishes and trays to wash. This effect alone can save thousands of gallons of water every day and generate hundreds of dollars in detergent and electricity savings.
      • Less detergents, solid waste and grease down the drain also improves the local community’s water supply. Food materials discharged to local waste water treatment plants contribute to increased levels of BOD (biological oxygen demand), COD (chemical oxygen demand), TSS (total suspended solids), and O/G (oil and grease). Also, food materials discarded into the solid waste stream contribute to odor and methane generation at disposal facilities and to increased BOD and COD levels in local landfills.
      Trayless dining substantially diminishes food waste by encouraging guests to take only the amount of food they can carry.

Corporate Citizenship

  • Sodexo Citizenship Initiatives
    • In 2009, Sodexo at the University of Hawai`i donated over 13,500 meals to disadvantaged children across the island.
    • Sodexo in Hawai`i manages 1100 employees, who are very proud to be making a difference in their communities and recognized by some of the awards:
      • Locally, Sodexo holds an annual food drive on campus as well as participates in the Annual Food Drive for the Hawai`i Food Bank. In April’s food drive, over fourty Sodexo employees were at the intersection of the Hawai`i Convention Center to help collect money.
      Sodexo was named “One of the Top 200 Intern Employers” by
      Sodexo is a diamond sponsor of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
      Sodexo has been ranked among the world’s Top 50 Green Vendors as part of the Black Book’s Best Managed Global Outsourcing Vendors 2009 study.
      FTSE4Good designation- Launched in 2001, the FTSE4Good Index Series is a series of benchmark and tradable indices for socially responsible investors.
      • Honored with distinction, in Sustainability Asset Management’s (SAM) “Sustainability Yearbook”, which identifies companies within the world’s 2500 largest corporations that combine economic performance with sustainability. Our listings include: SAM Sector Leader 2009, SAM Gold Class 2009, SAM Sector Leader 2008, SAM Gold Class 2008 and SAM Sector Mover 2008.
  • Other Community Efforts
    • Hawai`i Food Bank’s Annual Food Drive and donations to Aloha Harvest
    • Board Members, Hawai`i Restaurant Association and Hawai`i Meals on Wheels
    • Member of the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce
    • Books and Breakfast and Read Across America support at Kalihi Waena
    • Dietetic Internship Programs
    • Proud Corporate Partner for UH Athletics
    • Relay for Life support of food, Moiliili Clean-up Day support with lunch, UH Manoa Campus Beautification Day, Volunteer for the Campus Center Beautification Project

For more information see their brochure:

Sedexho Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability brochure