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Sodexo: first global food services company to connect its financing to action to prevent food waste

PARISSept. 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services, has renewed its €1.3 billion revolving credit facility (RCF) which now incorporates a pricing adjustment based on Sodexo’s performance towards its goal to prevent 50% of the food waste and food losses from its operations by 2025.

 

At the Champions 12.3 annual event held in the context of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, Denis Machuel, Sodexo’s Chief Executive Officer, reiterated the company’s intention to be transparent and held financially accountable for its action on food waste.

 

“1.3 billion metric tonnes of food – a third of the food produced annually — is wasted or lost globally. This is unacceptable both from an environmental and a business perspective. Together with our suppliers, clients and consumers, we will do our part by preventing 50% of the 117 thousand metric tonnes of food wasted or lost annually within our collective reach.” said Denis Machuel, Chief Executive Officer, Sodexo. “We want to send a clear signal to all our stakeholders that as a company who strives to improve quality of life, Sodexo is accountable at all levels, including in its financing, for preventing food waste from farm to fork.”

 

On May 15, 2019, Sodexo announced the deployment of its data-driven food waste prevention program, WasteWatch, at 3,000 sites worldwide within a year, with the objective to deploy the program to all relevant Sodexo sites by 2025.

 

The WasteWatch powered by Leanpath Program prevents on average 50% of food wasted. Sodexo’s food waste reduction performance will be assessed, using the data collected through the program, and third-party audited against a global benchmark set in collaboration with Leanpath.

 

The new facility has a five-year tenor with two one-year extension. It replaces the €1.2bn facility signed in July 2015. This facility will reinforce Sodexo’s liquidity and increase the average maturity of its financial resources.

 

The RCF is provided by the following 9 banks: BNP Paribas as Coordinator, documentation and sustainability Agent, Société Générale as Coordinator and facility Agent, Banco Santander, Citibank,CMCIC, HSBC, ING, Natixis and Wells Fargo as Mandated Lead Arrangers.

 

Being held accountable for our action on food waste is part of Sodexo’s Positive Impact.

 

About Sodexo

Founded in Marseille in 1966 by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo is the global leader in services that improve Quality of Life, an essential factor in individual and organizational performance. Operating in 72 countries, Sodexo serves 100 million consumers each day through its unique combination of On-site Services, Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Sodexo provides clients an integrated offering developed over more than 50 years of experience: from foodservices, reception, maintenance and cleaning, to facilities and equipment management; from services and programs fostering employees’ engagement to solutions that simplify and optimize their mobility and expenses management, to in-home assistance, child care centers and concierge services. Sodexo’s success and performance are founded on its independence, its sustainable business model and its ability to continuously develop and engage its 460,000 employees throughout the world. Sodexo is included in the CAC 40, FTSE 4 Good and DJSI indices.

 

Key figures (as of August 31, 2018)

20.4 billion euro in consolidated revenues

460,000 employees

19th largest private employer worldwide

72 countries

100 million consumers served daily

15.4 billion euro in market capitalization (as of July 5, 2019)

 

Contact: Alexandra Cauberghs, alexandra.cauberghs@sodexo.com, 301-233-7507

 

SOURCE Sodexo