Sustainability

ISS Guckenheimer has a new bean-centric initiative

The foodservice provider spills the beans on the Beans is How coalition.
An assortment of beans and legumes.
The Beans is How coalition aims to double the global consumption of beans, peas, pulses, lentils and legumes by 2028. / Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

ISS Guckenheimer has a fresh plant-forward strategy, and it’s all about beans.

The foodservice provider has joined the new Beans is How coalition as a founding member. The coalition aims to promote soil health, improve nutrition and provide access to lower-cost food by doubling the global consumption of beans, peas, pulses, lentils and legumes by 2028.

“We fully support the Beans is How mission and the opportunity to embrace an ingredient that contributes to a stronger environmental ecosystem, has deep cultural roots, and is accessible for our clients and their communities," Paul Fairhead, CEO of ISS Guckenheimer, said in a statement. "Initiatives like this that align with our values as an organization and provide our chefs with the opportunity to explore their culinary talents are incredibly compelling, and we will continue to seek them out and embrace them.”

This plant-forward initiative is the latest in a string of sustainability milestones for ISS. The company recently committed to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and signed the Cool Foods Pledge. Through the Cool Foods Pledge, organizations commit to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the food they serve by 25% by 2030. In addition, the foodservice provider also received the top score on the Humane Society of the United States’ 2022 protein sustainability scorecard.

“ISS serves one million meals each day globally, crafted by chefs in more than 20 countries, which gives us a unique opportunity to create authentic, locally relevant menus that have lasting impact for our Placemakers, our clients and the planet,” said Hamish Cook, ISS head of group food services.

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