Compass Group Finland aims to be carbon neutral by 2030. Now, we will start to build a roadmap with our stakeholder groups. We are currently calculating the carbon footprint of our entire operations, and the next step will be to reduce our own direct emissions.

In terms of these direct emissions, we aim to be carbon neutral as soon as possible. At the same time, we will review and reduce the emissions of our value chain, i.e. our entire production chain. This production chain covers a large number of operators from farmers and food producers to wholesalers, and also includes transport and packaging.

“We serve tens of thousands of Finns every day in approximately 550 locations in connection with everyday meals and events. Because the food chain is complex, we need to involve all our partners in this work. We are a key player in the Finnish food chain, and food-related choices play a significant role in our carbon footprint. That places us in a unique position where we can make a real change. We also feel that our task is to improve the climate-friendliness of the food we serve. To succeed, we need transparent collaboration and dialogue with our providers and to encourage our daily customers and Finnish consumers to make sustainable choices,” explains Hannu Rahnasto, Managing Director of Compass Group Finland.

Compass Group prepares, serves and, often, also transports and packages food. These service areas have already been developed, and now we will continue to move towards more ambitious targets together. We are already regularly measuring food waste and promoting the climate-friendliness of our selection. We also uphold responsible practices in our cleaning and facility services.

“For Compass Group Finland, the carbon neutrality goal means a stronger commitment to sustainable procurement, reducing food waste, and expanding our selection of climate-friendly options. Compass Group restaurants are already offering a vegetarian meal every day. This allows the customers to make their own climate choices. Choosing delicious plant-based dishes and increasing the amount of vegetables on the plate helps to significantly reduce the climate and environmental effects of food. All customers can monitor the carbon footprint of the various dishes. In Compass Group restaurants, the menu shows not only the nutritional value of a dish but also the carbon footprint of the ingredients,” says Marketta Viljasaari, Senior Manager, Sustainability at Compass Group Finland.

The ambitious goal of Compass Group Finland is to also aim for carbon neutrality of the value chain, involving significant greenhouse gas emissions. This work calls for an unprecedented reform and development, collaboration and shared ambition. That is why Compass Groups wants to involve all of its partners and, together, build a roadmap towards carbon neutrality of the food supply chain.

More detailed measures in Finland include:

• We are committed to increasing plant-based options, and at least 30% of our new recipes are plant-based.
• We are participating in the EXPRO project led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, aiming to develop sustainable, healthy and appealing plant protein products, using Finnish ingredients.
• We monitor and measure the food waste in our restaurants. Food waste management starts at the design phase. We will continue to strengthen and accelerate this effort.
• We will increase the amount of seasonal and locally grown produce.
• In all of our restaurants, the product information on the menu shows the carbon footprint in addition to the nutritional value of the ingredients.
• We will switch to renewable energy in our operations.
• With regard to our vehicle fleet, we will switch to using electric or fossil fuel free vehicles.
• We will increase sourcing from regenerative agriculture in cooperation with our procurement network.

As a Group, Compass Group is committed to achieving net zero green gas emissions in its operations and its value chain globally by 2050. Thanks to this net zero goal, Compass Group is the first international company in the contract catering industry to announce its commitment to achieving zero-emission economy globally by 2050. This commitment includes ambitious goals to reduce emissions, approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), and an additional commitment to carbon neutrality in its own operations (scope 1 and 2) worldwide by 2030. Compass Group Finland also aims to achieve carbon neutrality in its entire value chain (scope 3).

Further information
Marketta Viljasaari, Senior Manager, Sustainability at Compass Group Finland
Satu Ikäheimo, Marketing & Solution Development Director at Compass Group Finland, tel. +358 50 380 4996
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Compass Group is Finland’s leading provider of food and multi-services.
Our service brands include Amica, Food & Co and Tastory. Food is our passion, and our approximately 500 locations employ 3,000 people. We are part of the global Compass Group family operating in 45 countries, across 55,000 client locations and employing over 600,000 people worldwide. We operate in multiple sectors such as Business & Industry, Healthcare & Seniors, Education, Sports & Leisure, and Defence, Offshore & Remote. Compass Group has three focus areas related to sustainability: Health & Wellbeing, Environmental Game Changers and Better for the World, which are all underpinned by a culture of safety.