Sustainability

Social Responsibility
 
Compass Group 360
Everything we’re doing to meet our responsibility as a world class company is branded Compass Group 360°. As our tagline says, it is about everyone, everyday, everywhere doing their part to help save our resources, communities and environment by providing our associates and our guests with opportunity for a healthy diet and lifestyle, and doing the right thing in our working lives.
Compass Group, which includes Chartwells, is proud to lead the foodservice industry with groundbreaking policies that champion local farmers and fair trade; reduce the use of antibiotics in chicken and pork; strengthen healthy oceans through use of sustainable seafood; and promote farm animal welfare through 100 percent use of cage free shell eggs.
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STEPS Renewable Packaging
Description:  The Steps Renewable Packaging program addresses a fast-growing movement away from petroleum based packaging and offers our customers products made from plant-based, renewable materials that also offer more recovery options to help reduce waste.
Result:
We offer a line of corn-based disposables made from renewable resources for our cold-holding, clear plastic packaging. We replaced all straws, paper cups and soup containers with those made from renewable sources.
 
Trayless
Description: The media has been filled with reports of a growing food crisis throughout the world. The World Bank recently announced that 33 countries are facing food crises.
We are doing our part to help resolve this growing problem. One initiative we have successfully implemented is Trayless. This program is designed to help eliminate waste. This includes food and energy waste. By removing trays, customers are less likely to take more food than they need, reducing the amount of food that ends up in landfills while curbing energy used to produce and distribute those goods. Plus, energy and water is also saved by reducing the amount of dishwasher time needed.
The goal of this program is to:
• Address the global food crisis
• Increase awareness about food waste
• Help reduce the University’s carbon footprint
• Promote overall healthier eating habits.
 

Project Clean Plate
Description:  Project Clean Plate is a Chartwells program that provides awareness to international hunger and helps students focuses globally and act locally to combat hunger, reduce waste, save energy and initiate real change. It is designed to reduce overall food waste in all-you-can-eat campus dining operation.
Project: Clean Plate begins by randomly monitoring plates at the tray disposal area during select meal periods. Results are gathered and communicated back to the students. It is our hope that students are surprised by how much food is wasted and begin a commitment to real change. We feel that this is a grass-roots effort to reduce food waste at the consumer level in order to negate global food shortages.
Result:
We offer a line of corn-based disposables made from renewable resources for our cold-holding, clear plastic packaging. We replaced all straws, paper cups and soup containers with those made from renewable sources.
Project Green Thumb
Description:
Chartwells’ recycling program teaches students, faculty and staff to dispose of recyclables in appropriate receptacles to better the environment, give back to the community and educates customers on the importance of recycling. This program specifically focuses on Chartwells generated waste on campus and includes the recycling of plastic bottles and cardboard.
 
 
Zero Trans Fat
In keeping with the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the American Medical Association Recommendations to minimize trans-fat consumption, Compass Group (which includes Chartwells) has taken a proactive position to reduce trans-fat in our cafes and has made the following changes.
Cooking & Fryer Oil - Switched to using non-hydrogenated, trans-fat free canola oil and olive oil for cooking and frying. Though we cannot entirely eliminate trans-fats from our food (as they occur naturally in small amounts in dairy, meat and poultry and is also created when oil is heated, or when exposed to air) we are now using trans-fat free oils that significantly reduces the amount of trans-fats in any fried food we serve.
Fried Foods - From a nutrition perspective, we do not encourage eating fried food in general. However, we do provide fried food choices as requested by many of our clients and customers, but we are doing so in the most responsible manner by using only trans-fat free oils.
Through our Balanced Choices health and wellness program, Chartwells continues to encourage practices that promote nutritional education and healthy eating, and is committed to the fight against the use of products that contain trans-fats.
Purchasing of Antibiotic Free Meat and Poultry

Description: Chartwells has adopted a policy that shifts the company's seafood purchases away from threatened fish species and toward sustainably sourced supplies recommended by The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program.  We believe in the importance of contributing to and protecting our environment, and we are strongly committed to developing policies that support sustainability . Seafood Watch publishes lists of seafood that are best choices, good alternatives and species to avoid. In doing so, the program works to transform seafood markets in ways that create incentives for sustainable fishing and aquaculture practices. http://www.seafoodwatch.org.

Under the new policy Chartwells attempts to:
• Has replaced Atlantic cod, a species which leading conservationists have recommended consumers to avoid, with more the environmentally sound Pacific cod, Pollock and other alternatives.
• Plans to seek ways to decrease its use of shrimp and salmon that are farmed in an unsustainable manner. These two species are extremely popular with consumers but are of concern to environmentalists.
• Will eliminate all other 'Avoid' species from the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch list, and increase its use of 'Best Choices.'
Result:
All fish served on in our retail and residential locations currently meat our guidelines for sustainable seafood. At Towers Café, we served Arctic Char (Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Best Choice) and a shrimp ceviche made with locally harvest shrimp.
Chartwells Fights to Protect Threatened Fish Supply
Description: Chartwells has adopted a policy that shifts the company's seafood purchases away from threatened fish species and toward sustainably sourced supplies recommended by The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program.  We believe in the importance of contributing to and protecting our environment, and we are strongly committed to developing policies that support sustainability . Seafood Watch publishes lists of seafood that are best choices, good alternatives and species to avoid. In doing so, the program works to transform seafood markets in ways that create incentives for sustainable fishing and aquaculture practices. http://www.seafoodwatch.org.
 Under the new policy Chartwells attempts to:
• Has replaced Atlantic cod, a species which leading conservationists have recommended consumers to avoid, with more the environmentally sound Pacific cod, Pollock and other alternatives.
• Plans to seek ways to decrease its use of shrimp and salmon that are farmed in an unsustainable manner. These two species are extremely popular with consumers but are of concern to environmentalists.
• Will eliminate all other 'Avoid' species from the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch list, and increase its use of 'Best Choices.'
Result:
All fish served on in our retail and residential locations currently meat our guidelines for sustainable seafood. At Towers Café, we served Arctic Char (Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Best Choice) and a shrimp ceviche made with locally harvest shrimp.
 
Trim Trax
Description: Trim Trax is back-of-the house program designed specifically by our corporate team to measure, track and reduce food waste at the unit level. It is applicable to all operating units.
By making waste more visible and attaching a financial value, this program is successful in reducing waste and help offset rising food costs.
 
Cage Free Eggs
Description: We implementing a cage-free shell egg policy that requires that adhere to the standards of the third-party auditing organization Humane Farm Animal Care.
Facts
• U.S. factory farms confine about 280 million hens in barren battery cages that are so small, they can’t even spread their wings. Each bird has less space than a single sheet of paper on which to live.
• There is a snowballing national movement against battery cages. Wolfgang Puck and Ben & Jerry’s are ending their use of cage eggs. Burger King, Carl’s Jr. and Hardees have begun using cage-free eggs. Several grocery chains, including Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, have stopped selling cage eggs.
•  While cage-free does not mean cruelty-free, cage-free hens generally have 250-300 percent more space per bird and are able to engage in more of their natural behaviors than are caged hens. Cage-free hens may not be able to go outside, but they are able to walk, spread their wings, and lay their eggs in nests—all behaviors permanently denied to hens confined in battery cages.