Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.15
Liaison Ashley Woolman
Submission Date April 8, 2022

STARS v2.2

Western Colorado University
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.89 / 6.00 Eric Jaeger
Food and Beverage
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Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on products that are sustainably or ethically produced:

Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on plant-based foods:

An inventory of food and beverage purchases that qualify as sustainably/ethically produced:
A brief description of the methodology used to conduct the inventory, including the timeframe and how representative samples accounted for seasonal variation (if applicable):

Sodexo's Western State CO University branch is small, so the GM tracks things in his head and makes estimates. Original estimates came from the Real Food Challenge.

Website URL where the institution’s validated Real/Good Food Calculator results are publicly posted:

Which of the following food service providers are present on campus and included in the inventory/assessment?:
Present? Included?
Dining operations and catering services operated by the institution No No
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor Yes Yes
Student-run food/catering services No No
Franchises (e.g., regional or global brands) No No
Convenience stores No No
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes Yes

Total annual dining services budget for food and beverage products:
$500,000 - $999,999

A brief description of the institution’s sustainable food and beverage purchasing program:

Whenever local produce is available, contracted suppliers must provide it to Sodexo.

Eggs: All free range
Seafood: All ethically produced-
Coffee all fair trade

Sodexo engages third party organizations such as Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and Business for Social Responsibility to ensure that we continue to have leading practices in the space of sustainable and responsible sourcing

Website URL where information about the food and beverage purchasing program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Sodexo has established sustainable purchasing practices in its relationship with supplies through tis Sodexo Supplier Code of Conduct. Sodexo incorporates corporate responsibility into its sourcing strategies for every product category they purchase. Sodexo's balanced approach takes environmental, social and economic impacts into account as they set goals, select products and services, and engage with suppliers. Sodexo works with the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) to develop a sustainable sourcing strategy for the following priority commodities: fruits and vegetables, palm oil, soy, beef and dairy. These five are the most important for our business and have the highest environmental impact.

Sodexo's clearly defined criteria for sustainable seafood was also developed in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund and is based on guidance from organizations including Monterey Bay Aquarium, NOAA, Seafood Choices Alliance and Greenpeace, among others and is reviewed and revised annually. 

Sodexo has a company-wide animal welfare policy. Each of our suppliers are signatory to our Animal Welfare Charter and work to continuously improve the welfare of animals in our supply chain.

Sodexo's Better Tomorrow 2025 Plan contains commitments and objectives to improve its impact on individuals, communities, and the environment in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

5/31 update: the website would not allow me to remove the template.

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