Compass Group launches Carbon FOODprint Toolkit

Program allows operators to keep track of sustainability metrics.

March 28—Compass Group has partnered with FirstCarbon Solutions, which specializes in environmental sustainability business solutions, to launch software that will enhance Compass’ Carbon FOODprint Toolkit.

The toolkit is a web-based tool, powered by FirstCarbon Solutions, and is designed to help Compass foodservice directors minimize their environmental impact and costs. Carbon FOODprint allows chefs and managers to create customized strategies to reduce their operations' carbon footprints by decreasing waste disposal and energy and water use. This online technology allows cafes to benchmark and measure the improvements made throughout the cafe, which can be shared with clients for annual reports and sustainability indexes.

"With Carbon FOODprint, we now have an opportunity to provide our clients with cost-effective solutions to lower the environmental impact of their foodservices," Marc Zammit , vice president of sustainability initiatives at Compass Group, said in a press release. "Commercial foodservice is a resource-intense operation, and our onsite teams will use this scalable toolkit to make their operations more sustainable by minimizing carbon impact, while at the same time implementing best practices that lower operational costs in the areas of menuing, energy, water and waste. Supported by FirstCarbon Solutions software, managers will now have the information they need to make the best choices for their business, their clients and the environment."

More From FoodService Director

Ideas and Innovation
bowling ball pins

We patterned our chef culinary competition after the one pioneered by the University of Massachusetts. This year, 11 teams of college chefs registered. Each team gets the same market basket and has two hours to prepare three dishes. The starting times have to be staggered and nobody wants the 6 a.m. slot, so instead of randomly assigning times, this year we took the teams bowling and used their scores to determine starting times. The two teams with the highest combined bowling score got to pick their time slot first. Going bowling built camaraderie and team spirit before the teams even got...

Managing Your Business
performance review anxiety

For all the most obvious reasons, managers and staff don’t always agree. But both sides can get behind retiring annual performance reviews, according to a January survey from software company Adobe, which quit the practice in 2012. There, 64% of surveyed workers and 62% of supervisors consider yearly evaluations outdated.

“My philosophy is if I have to wait a year to tell you where you stand, it’s a little too late,” says Al Ferrone, senior director of dining services at the University of California at Los Angeles. Ferrone and other operators are reforming the meetings to add real...

Ideas and Innovation
woman sick phone bed

Our employees have paid time off, but if they don’t call in at least one hour before their scheduled shift, their PTO will be docked for the day. We also assign points for unapproved absences. Everyone starts with a freebie, and when they get to 4, then we start the disciplinary action process. When a staff member gets to 10 points, that is grounds for termination.

Ideas and Innovation
app mobile

The capacity of our dining room is 135 guests, and most evenings we serve closer to 160. At times, this led to some residents waiting for a table, especially at peak hours. Our new table management software allows diners to request specific meal times via a mobile app and allows us to space out our service, greatly reducing the wait times and allowing dining staff to prepare each table in advance of their arrival.

FSD Resources