Sodexo’s Supply Chain Inclusion Programme and Chilled Product Consolidation Programme have both been shortlisted for the World Procurement Awards and the Foodservice Footprint Awards.
Launched last year, Sodexo’s Supply Chain Inclusion programme, which ran for a period of four months, was designed to open up new markets and business development opportunities for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) by equipping them with knowledge of Sodexo’s requirements; the creation of networking opportunities, and breaking down the barriers which may have deterred them from pitching to large corporates in the past.
As a result of the 2015 programme Sodexo now sources 30 products from eight of the participants; seven are small businesses, five women-owned and one ethnic-minority owned.
Sodexo now plans to run the programme in the UK and Ireland on an annual basis, which has been shortlisted in the Corporate Responsibility category at the World Procurement Awards and the Social Impact and Diversity category at the Foodservice Footprint Awards.
Sodexo’s chilled product consolidation programme resulted in two new bespoke processes implemented for dairy and deli products. The programme has resulted in fewer deliveries; a reduction in the carbon footprint; a reduction in logistics costs as well as helping Sodexo’s on site teams by reducing goods receipting, order placement, invoice processing and points of contact, allowing them to focus on delivering an excellent service.
This programme has been shortlisted for the Supply Chain Initiative Award at the World Procurement Awards and the Efficient Logistics category at the Foodservice Footprint Awards.
Sean Haley, managing director for service operations, Sodexo UK & Ireland commented:
“We are a significant purchaser with over 4,000 suppliers. Sustainability is at the core of our business and our supply management team are continuously looking at the impact our operations have on the environment, local communities, as a responsible employer and in how we can support SMEs. We are proud of the success of both these programmes and look forward to joining the other finalists at the awards ceremonies.”
The winners of the World Procurement Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony on 18 May 2016, followed by the Foodservice Footprint Awards which take place on 26 May 2016.