Sodexo Client Sustainability Tool Starting at 1,000 Sites this Year

by | Jan 31, 2012

Sodexo plans to roll out a sustainability dashboard to 1,000 client sites by October, to help clients establish baselines, prioritize initiatives, and track improvement.

The $16 billion food and facilities management company officially launched its Sustainability Management and Reporting Tool (SMART) this month, after piloting the dashboard at 22 locations across the U.S. last year. The tool covers four key best practice areas: carbon and energy, water, waste, and healthy/sustainable food and environments.

Sodexo says that more than 90 of the nation’s schools, college campuses, health care facilities and corporations are already using SMART, and the level of requests to implement SMART at new sites has been “robust.”

Using SMART enables clients to analyze up to 150 separate actions that can improve measurable performance, Sodexo says. The tool allows clients to:

  • Estimate energy use and the associated climate impact
  • Review progress and trend data in either a summary dashboard or in a detailed layout
  • View customized and specific recommendations for making immediate improvements
  • Generate customized sustainability reports for internal and external presentation.

Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District in Sonoma County, Calif., piloted SMART at Lawrence E. Jones Middle School in August 2011. The sustainability assessment showed that the school was doing extremely well in areas including local food sourcing. However, SMART also uncovered significant areas for improvement, including energy efficiency and waste management.

In its North American sustainability report for 2010 – the company’s first – Sodexo said that SMART will help it to increase its capability to measure site-level sustainability performance. In the meantime, Sodexo has been asking sites to make basic behavior changes, and says that over half are taking these steps. “These produce a smaller outcome on a per site level, but the benefits add up across all the sites we serve,” the report said.

The company has 6,000 client sites in North America, bringing in $8 billion in revenue, and another 27,400 sites around the world.

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