A comprehensive roadmap to net zero and decarbonisation of the business in the United Kingdom and Ireland

The team has been working with international experts, the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), to ensure that its net zero strategy is thorough, impactful and transparent. The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) drives ambitious climate action by enabling companies to set science-based emissions1 reduction targets, in line with a 1.5 degree future.

Worldwide, we have set a target – validated by SBTi – to reduce carbon emissions  by 34% by 2025 (compared to a 2017 baseline). 

The United Kingdom and Ireland having already exceeded this, will now set its sights on becoming Carbon Neutral2 in its direct operations by 2025. 

The next step will be to reduce carbon emissions3 across all three scopes by 55% by 2030. The inclusion of every single component of the business’ operations across scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions has enabled Sodexo United Kingdom and Ireland to achieve SBTi validation once again for this near-term target.

The final step is a decarbonisation of the entire United Kingdom and Ireland business, with 90% of all carbon emissions4 cut across all three scopes – accounting for suppliers and client sites, not just direct operations. This long-term target and Net Zero commitment, to be achieved no later than 2045, will be submitted for review by the SBTi with validation to be confirmed and announced in early 2022. 

Sean Haley, Chairman, Sodexo United Kingdom and Ireland said: 
“The commitments we make today are the culmination of an extraordinary amount of work from our world-class team of sustainability experts. Their unswerving dedication to developing, not just a set of targets, but a detailed action plan to achieve them, gives me absolute confidence in our future ability to not just meet but to exceed our net zero goals. This will enable us to continue to support and improve the communities in which we live, work and serve.”

Claire Atkins-Morris, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Sodexo UK & Ireland said:
“Not all net zero commitments are created equal. This is a hugely complex topic, and it has been critically important to us throughout the process of creating this carbon reduction roadmap that we are committing to something that is truly meaningful, and that we are absolutely transparent in this. It may seem cautious, but we want to be crystal clear in how we are tackling climate change, setting an achievable target that we can be confident we can monitor and measure. We would rather be conservative today and exceed our goals tomorrow – and this is what our roadmap ensures”

At the heart of Sodexo’s United Kingdom and Ireland commitment to net zero is the aim to reduce its own carbon footprint, leaving a maximum of 10% emissions, before neutralising the impact of any source of residual emissions that cannot be eliminated through permanent carbon dioxide removals. 
Sodexo’s United Kingdom and Ireland carbon reduction plan includes:

  • The launch of a 100% hybrid and Electric Vehicle Company Car Policy
  • Ongoing membership of the Climate Group’s RE100 initiative and procuring 100% renewable electricity by 2022
  • Switching to 100% reusable, recyclable and compostable packaging by 2025. 
  • Increasing the number of plant-based meals and recipes to 33% by 2025 
  • Tackling food waste at all appropriate sites through our WasteWatch programme and reducing food waste by 50% by 2025. 
  • A thorough responsible sourcing strategy that facilities better working with suppliers
  • Working with clients to achieve net zero collaboratively

1. Reduce absolute Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions 34% by 2025 (against a 2017 baseline)

2. High quality carbon offsets that are strategically aligned to Sodexo’s core business model will be purchased to compensate for any remaining Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions.

3. Reduce absolute Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions 55% by 2030 (against a 2017 baseline).

4. Reduce absolute Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions 90% by 2045 (against a 2017 baseline).

VIDEO: Sodexo UK&I announces net zero commitments

Comprehensive Surgical Care Opens Flagship ASC

Comprehensive Surgical Care (CSC) recently opened its flagship ASC in Gilbert, Arizona. This best-in-class facility features three operating rooms, one fitted as a Cath lab with a Siemens Artis Zee ceiling mounted C-ARM and the others with Siemens Cios Alpha Mobile C-Arms, six PACU beds, and a hot lab for Y-90 procedures. In addition to CSC, the space houses Comprehensive Integrated Care, a multi-specialty clinic with 11 exam rooms, three ultrasound rooms and two bariatric rooms. This 15,000 square foot space was formerly a Walmart Neighborhood Store.

This premiere facility is part of a 20 ASC expansion plan in which CSC and its real estate partner have committed over 125 million dollars to develop the facilities. Over the next 24 months, these turn-key ASCs will open across the country beginning in California, Idaho, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Facilities range in size from 10,000 to 40,000 square feet, many with medical office space available. The centers will employ 15 to 20 nurses, radiology techs, medical assistants, and support staff.

Dr. Joel Rainwater, MD, founder of CSC, recognizes the advantages to both surgeons and patients, of performing surgery in a state-of-the-art ASC that is able provide a low cost, high-quality alternative to the traditional way healthcare is delivered. “We started CSC because we wanted to provide physicians with an environment where they would never have to compromise on the quality of the environment and the availability of the operating suites,” says Rainwater. CSC is fulfilling that expectation and other physicians are eager to participate in this type of environment.

CSC is able to provide excellent care, with increased efficiency and reduced costs, offering a favorable option to hospital-based surgery. Because it is physician owned and controlled, it attracts and brings the finest surgeons, nurses, techs, and staff to an environment designed to ensure the best possible experience for patients. Recognizing the importance of value-based medical care, CSC is fulfilling the need with AAAHC certified ASCs, experienced staff, and a patient-first philosophy.

About Comprehensive Surgical Care
Comprehensive Surgical Care, founded by Dr. Joel Rainwater, is headquartered at 838 W. Elliot Road, #102, Gilbert, AZ, 85233. Through our state-of-the-art, multi-specialty facility and patient-first philosophy, we offer the highest level of outpatient surgical services to those in our care. We diligently work to overcome the barriers to quality care by offering clinics and surgical centers which provide a safe and comforting environment that is trusted by both patients and our highly skilled board-certified physicians. For more information, call (866) 668-8766 or visit www.cscasc.com.

2-day comprehensive consultative sessions held with subject-matter experts to discuss and finalize the schedules and the sampling methodology for the five All-India Surveys

A series of back to back meetings were held on 28.02.2021 and 01.03.2021 at Kolkata under the Chairmanship of the Chairman of the Expert GroupProf. SP Mukherjee and Director General, Labour Bureau Shri DPS Negito finalize the schedules and sampling methodology for the five All India Surveys relating to Domestic Workers, Migrant Workers, Employment Generated by the Professionals, the Employment Generated in Transport Sector and the All India Quarterly Establishment based Employment Survey.

Detailed discussions and in-depth deliberations were held to finalize and freeze the schedules for all the five All-India Surveys. Prof. S P Mukherjee, the Chairman of the Expert Group, in close consultation with the subject matter experts and senior officers from the IES and ISS discussed and finalized the schedules for all the Five All-India Surveys to be canvassed.

Power point presentations explaining sampling design and schedules for each of the five surveys were made by the officers of Labour Bureau and the subject matter experts. The schedules to be canvassed were deconstructed block-wise for each of the five All India surveys in detail. The same were finalized and frozen.

The Sampling Methodology for each of the five All-India Surveys was discussed in great detail. The officers-in-charge of the surveys made detailed presentations deconstructing the proposed sampling designs. The Chairman of the Expert Group, Prof. SP Mukherjee went into the depth of analyzing the proposed sampling methodology for each of the five surveys before finalizing the same.

The back-to-back meetings were a part of the 2-day comprehensive consultative sessions with subject-matter experts to discuss and finalize the schedules and the sampling methodology for the five All-India Surveys.

Shri D. P. S. Negi deeply appreciated the efforts put in by the subject-matter experts as well as the officers of Labour Bureau in designing the schedules and working out the sampling methodology. He stated that the data collected through these five bespoke All-India surveys will provide important inputs for evidence based policy making. Besides, it would help to fill the data gaps that existed until now as far as migrant and domestic workers are concerned.