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Enabling people to prosper on a healthy planet

Students and Chef
Students today are demanding their higher education institutions take a serious approach when it comes to protecting the planet. In response, colleges and universities are making major commitments to protecting the environment through social responsibility, wellness initiatives, and an active pursuit of sustainability. UNESCO reports that 91 percent of students “agree their place of study should actively incorporate and promote sustainable development.”
Be Well. Do Well

To achieve your sustainability commitments, Aramark is proud to extend our sustainability strategy, Be Well. Do Well., on your campus. Be Well. Do Well. showcases our commitment to sustainability and sums up our goal to enable people to prosper, on a healthy planet, for generations to come while ensuring long-term growth on your campus. It focuses on eight priorities, which align with the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2015.

We invite you to take a closer look at our sustainability priorities and the progress we have made in each area.

Blue Sky with Clouds

We have committed to enabling equity and wellbeing for millions and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 15% from our 2019 baseline by 2025.

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Zero Hunger

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2

We want to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. To do this, we are investing in solutions and community partnerships that improve access to healthy food, address food insecurity and improve employment skills.

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at colleges and universities don’t get enough to eat1.


Swiping Out Hunger

Aramark has a partnership with Swipe Out Hunger, a national nonprofit seeking to promote high-impact, innovative solutions to address hunger on campus—including programs to donate unused meal swipes.

Minimizing Food Waste

Aramark donates surplus prepared food to hunger relief agencies in our communities whenever possible, including partnering with colleges and universities to divert waste from landfills. We're proud to be recognized by the US EPA and the USDA as a Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champion for our commitment to reduce food loss and waste in our operations by 50 percent by 2030.

Food Donation

Although our goal is to eliminate food waste before it’s generated, there may still be instances when our operations have excess safe, unserved food. Our food donation program provides this food to hunger relief and community agencies. In 2020, we donated more than 175,000 pounds of food, helping feed people in our communities and keeping surplus prepared food out of landfills.


Good Health
& Wellbeing

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3

We strive to promote health and wellbeing by inspiring and enabling consumers of all ages to make healthy choices.


Decent Work &
Economic Growth

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8

We strive to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, productive employment and decent work for all. Through our global volunteer and philanthropic program, Aramark Building Community, we are inspiring families to lead healthier lifestyles and empowering youth and adults to succeed at work through education and skills development.

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Aramark Named to FORTUNE's 'World Most Admired Companies' List in 2020

Ensuring All Employees Have Access To Professional Development

Our leadership conducts employee rounding every 90 days, asking employees five key questions to ensure they have the resources and support they need.

Creating Safe Work Environments

Through our Safety Assurance in Food and Environments (SAFE) principles, we make safety a priority in everything we do. We employ sound policies, rigorous training and processes, and high, consistent standards to meet our safety commitment every day and every time. As part of SAFE, our Shoes For Crews program has improved both our safety performance and employee engagement. In 2020, we provided 71,493 pairs of shoes in the U.S.

Investing In Our Communities

We support national and local partnerships and contribute to nonprofit organizations—investing financial resources, volunteering the skills of employees, and developing community partnerships to make a meaningful difference.


Reduce Inequality

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 10

Aramark employs more than 270,000 unique people from different cultures around the world. We strive to build a culture of diversity and inclusion within our workplaces and in our leadership, empowering employees to bring their whole selves to work every day. We also partner with local, small and diverse suppliers to drive economic impact.

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on the 2020 Corporate
Equality Index.

Committing To Diverse Hiring

Fostering an equal and inclusive workplace culture, centered around a shared purpose, is vital to meeting the needs of our team members, customers and communities. 60% of our workforce is female, and over 50% of our workforce are people of color.


Responsible Consumption & Production

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12

We are committed to ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns. That includes ethical sourcing and using humanely raised and sustainably sourced food.

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We’ve reduced plastics straws and stirrers by 59% since 2019 through our Sip Smarter campaign!

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Sourcing Ethically and Inclusively

We are committed to partnering with local, small and diverse suppliers to drive economic impact, build local communities and support our approach to diversity and inclusion. Our supply chain in the U.S. includes more than 5,600 local, small, and diverse suppliers. About 25% of them are certified as diverse suppliers and our goal is to double that number through our certification education programs with our supplier partner Certify My Company, a certified disabled (DOBE) and women-owned business (WBE).

Sourcing Responsibly

We advance sourcing practices including humanely raised proteins, sustainable seafood, no deforestation, fair trade and climate-friendly menu offerings.

Operating Efficiently

We are working to conserve water and energy and improve operations for a healthier planet.

Reducing Food Waste

We are committed to reducing waste before it is generated in order to conserve and protect natural resources and minimize our operational impact on the environment. All of our foodservice locations are tracking food waste using a variety of methods, including 400 of our largest accounts that have transitioned to a technology-based solution for tracking waste.

Reducing Plastic and Packaging

We are reducing the use of plastic straws, expanding reusable offerings and encouraging consumer behavior changes.


Climate-Friendly Food

World Resources Institute (WRI) "Cool Food Meals"
Aramark is the first food service provider to adopt the Cool Food Meals badge, which identifies dishes with a lower carbon footprint, in line with what WRI research finds is needed by 2030 to meet the Paris Agreement on climate change.


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of GHG emissions associated with the food served in U.S. by 2030

— Aramark's Cool
Food Pledge

Targeting Net Zero

Aramark is pursuing a net zero target in line with the Science-Based Target initiative’s Net Zero Standard and substantially reducing the emissions associated with the food we purchase and serve, our most significant source.

Expanding Availability

Aramark will expand the availability of Cool Food Meals to nearly 1,500 U.S. locations in January 2023 — making it even easier for our guests to choose climate-friendly and plant-forward meals.

Listening To Our Guests

Our 350 Cool Food Meals recipes use less beef and lamb, so we are meeting our guests’ desires, as well as making these items climate-friendly.


Climate Action

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13

Recognizing the urgent threat of climate change, we have developed practical solutions to help our employees and clients minimize their environmental impact.

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We are targeting a

8% reduction

in fuel consumption.

Targeting Efficient Operations

We partner with clients to find the best ways to work together to reduce our environmental impact, from efficient building design to water and energy-saving programs.

Fleet Management

We work directly with manufacturers to implement the latest environmentally efficient technology for our fleet vehicles and use alternative-fuel vehicles when possible.

Reduce Emissions

We are committed to set a near-term, science-based target to significantly reduce emissions in the next 5-10 years and a long-term, science-based target to reach net-zero value chain GHG emissions by no later than 2050. Over the next 24 months, we will develop and have validated its specific science-based targets using the SBTi Net-Zero Standard.


Life Below Water

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14

To keep our oceans healthy, we are reducing single-use plastics such as straws and stirrers, introducing reusable containers and minimizing other packaging.

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of our cod and canned tuna comes from sources that meet Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch recommendations.6

Sourcing Responsibility

One third of the world’s fisheries have been fished beyond sustainable limits, according to the Marine Stewardship Council. We strive to buy seafood from sources that sustainably and ethically procure seafood without damaging ecosystems and endangering workers.

Reducing Packaging

We are reducing single-use plastics, such as straws and stirrers, introducing reusable containers and minimizing other packaging to keep our oceans healthy.


Life on Land

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15

Our purchases, from the food we serve to the vehicles we drive, impact our environment as well as our health and wellness, and the local economy. Through sustainable sourcing and innovative menus, we are reducing our carbon footprint while serving healthy meals that preserve natural habitats.

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Aramark is transitioning to sustainably sourced soy and palm oil.

Sourcing Responsibly

Aramark is promoting innovative menus that feature an array of plant-forward, climate-healthy, sustainably sourced ingredients from reputable suppliers.

No Deforestation

Aramark collaborated with Green Century to develop a robust no-deforestation commitment to be implemented by 2025 which includes No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) sourcing practices, including legal deforestation.


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