Our Corporate Social Responsibility Report looks back at what we were able to accomplish in 2019 as our sustainable goals and aspirations. Looking forward, we continue to create corporate transparency in doing what’s best for both people and planet.
As the leader in healthcare foodservice, we understand the opportunity and responsibility we have to positively impact our food system and environment. Our waste reduction platform includes strategies to reduce waste at the source, raise awareness, and promote solutions that positively impact the areas and people who live where we operate.
*Statistics based on global trends
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) distinguishes stopping food waste at the source as the most basic way to begin tackling the global food waste problem. Understanding the role we play in contributing to better population and planet health, our leadership made Waste Not, Morrison Healthcare’s tool for tracking and measuring food waste, a mandated priority at all hospitals in which we serve.
The Waste Not tool is web-based and allows our foodservice teams to track waste at the most granular level possible. So while we do our best to rescue food from landfills through our food recovery programs, we are also doing our part to stop food waste at the source. Doing the right thing by people and planet also saves hauling, production and food cost – a win-win for everyone.
Every year, 40% of all food produced is wasted. Meanwhile, one in seven Americans is food insecure, totally unable to access nutritious meals like the ones we serve and enjoy daily. Sometimes reducing surplus food is unavoidable, but to stop food waste and help nourish the hungry in our communities, we donate surplus food to non-profits who distribute it to those in need. Food recovery programs deepen our relationship with community members, our clients, and our own associates while saving money and reducing waste.
Imperfectly Delicious Produce (IDP) is a program that rescues produce with slight cosmetic imperfections that would otherwise be left either un-harvested or tossed out. IDP is perfectly nutritious, delicious, and perfectly safe for the patients, guests, and staff we serve to enjoy.