Aramark and Compass Group have officially signed on to the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment’s (PCFWC) goal of reducing food waste by 50% along the West Coast by 2030.
The partnership builds on the companies’ current efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle food waste across their operations.
“As an extension of our mission to do great things for people and the planet, Aramark is committed to reducing food waste across our operations with the goals of conserving resources, reducing food insecurity, and minimizing our environmental footprint,” said Alan Horowitz, vice president of sustainability at Aramark, in a statement. “Participating in the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment lets us work with our industry peers to continue driving our sustainability efforts forward, while also encouraging others in the space to do their part. By working together, we can increase everyone’s contribution.”
Additionally, both companies will be working alongside Sodexo, another PCFWC partner, to influence members of the foodservice industry to collaborate and build a more sustainable food system.
According to a statement, the PCFWC is one of the largest public-private partnerships in the world dedicated to food waste reduction. The partnership aims to foster collaboration between foodservice leaders on the issue of food waste.
“Tackling an issue as large as food waste takes collaboration across the industry. When we work together with organizations like the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment, as well as with our colleagues, suppliers and consumers, and others in the PCFWC network, we can create impactful change throughout the food system that benefits the environment,” said Amy Keister, global director of sustainability at Compass Group, in a statement.
Signatories to the PCFWC experience a range of benefits including data insights and industry collaboration, according to a statement.
The goals of PCFWC aim to create progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which details targets for reducing global food waste and establishing sustainable production and consumption practices.