We know our most meaningful impacts come from having a highly-efficient logistics network and by carefully managing our food waste. We also make sure all our people are fully engaged with the challenge and have the right tools and advice to take action.

Our Commitments:

  • Maintain ISO 14001 certification for our ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT system at all sites.
  • Reduce FOOD WASTE by 10% by 2020 (vs 2016).
  • Reduce OFFICE WASTE to landfill by 25% by 2017 (vs 2008).
  • Reduce CO2 in our supply chain by 15% by 2020.
  • Reduce WATER CONSUMPTION in our corporate offices by 20% by 2017 (vs 2008).

Reducing Food & Packaging Waste

In 2015, we launched a Food and Packaging Waste Strategy. Our vision is to reduce food and packaging waste across our supply chain (from farm to fork) and ensure that waste that cannot be avoided is disposed of in the most sustainable way.

We have set ourselves a target to reduce food waste by 10% by 2020. We’ve been working with Winnow to test technology that makes it quick and easy for our chefs to keep track of waste. Any food waste is put into a bin on a special set of scales and logged. Every day, the head chef is able to review the data and consider where changes can be made. The pilots we ran showed that the Winnow technology typically led to food waste being halved.

Packaging is essential to protect products as they are transported and stored but we are always on the lookout for effective ways to reduce, reuse or recycle it. For instance, our preference is for recycled cardboard outer packaging wherever possible, which can easily be folded and sent to be recycled. We help our consumers reduce their waste by selling our products in the minimum packaging possible and, again, favouring recycled and recyclable materials.

Reducing Carbon

We manage our direct impacts on the environment through our Environmental Management System which, since 2010, has been certified to the ISO 14001.

To ensure compliance and promote best practice at site level, we have created an award winning Environment Toolkit which makes it easy for managers to engage with their teams, evaluate how they currently work, and support them to do things differently. All sites are now using the Toolkit across the Ireland.

In Nov 2016, The Green Apple Organisation awarded us the International Green Apple Award for Environment Best Practice.


Efficient Logistics

We aim to make deliveries and collections as efficient as possible by planning ahead, ordering in bulk, and managing how often we deliver to Compass sites. Prior to 2011, each of our sites was visited by numerous different suppliers every week.

We overhauled our supply chain network so that the majority of our fresh produce, dairy, grocery, meat and disposables are dispatched via a single logistics partner. This has helped to reduce food miles and carbon emissions. Next, we are rolling out multi-temperature vehicles to reduce the number of deliveries further.

We are working on our company car fleet too and now offer ultra-low carbon diesel vehicles as well as hybrid cars. The average CO2 emissions per car has dropped 16% from 128g/km in 2011 to 107g/km today.

Eliminating Chemicals

We are progressively eliminating chemicals from our business that are either toxic or known to accumulate in the environment. We work with our clients to replace these products with more environmentally-responsible alternatives.

All the cleaning chemicals we use are as environmentally friendly as possible. In 2016, we changed our chemical supplier to Ecolab, one of the most sustainable and ethical suppliers in the industry. Ecolab provides us with a number of concentrated products, such as solid detergent, which reduces packaging waste. They also have controlled dilution systems that reduce water wastage, and products that work for lower-temperature cleaning or shorter cleaning cycles which significantly reduce energy consumption.

Reducing Water

We have committed to reduce the use of fresh water in our offices by 20% between 2008 and 2017. We also work with our clients to help them conserve water through employee training and the application of water-saving technologies, like low-flow taps or more efficient dishwashers.

As part of this, we explore opportunities to use water more efficiently through behaviour change. Simply by switching to a smaller mop bucket, we expect to save them as much as 2 million litres of water per year.