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2016-10-14

Sodexo : Sodexo rolls out SKOOL programme across Europe to prevent food waste in schools

Paris, October 14, 2016 - After a successful pilot phase in three countries,
Sodexo is set to deploy the International Food Waste Coalition's first
action-oriented programme, SKOOL, designed to help schools reduce food waste,
exclusively across the company's sites in Europe. The programme aims to
educate children, optimise meal production in school cafeterias and promote
value chain collaboration among food service companies.

Consumer waste accounts for three-quarters of food wasted at school. In fact,
nearly one fourth of every child's plate at the canteen ends up in the bin.
Both children and kitchen staff are key players in reducing food waste today
and can serve as the best ambassadors of change for a better, more
sustainable future.

With this in mind, in June 2015, Sodexo and other founding members of the
International Food Waste Coalition developed a pilot project, SKOOL, with an
ambitious goal: to build a school food value chain without food waste. The
results from the pilot phase - which was deployed across six schools in
France, Italy and the United Kingdom from January to July 2016 - reported an
average of 12 per cent food waste reduction, corresponding to 2.5 tons of
food waste avoided. Over 4,500 meals were saved, equivalent to over € 9,000.

Since September 2016, Sodexo has been deploying the programme exclusively
across its client sites. An extension phase aims to increase the number of
European countries to benefit from the programme, double the number of
children directly sensitised, and double the total amount of food production
covered by the programme. SKOOL will now play an integral part of Sodexo's
commercial offer for schools, demonstrating the steadfast commitment by the
company to reduce food waste across all of its segments.

"The SKOOL programme will provide significant benefits to our network of
schools and suppliers. Not only does food waste prevention lead to increased
savings and new business innovation, it fosters employee motivation and
teamwork around a positive project. Integrating the new programme into our
schools offering will help Sodexo and our clients more accurately track food
waste and implement effective measures to tackle the issue at every
interaction across the food chain," saidDamien Verdier, Group Chief
Strategy,Sodexo.

The project also led to the development of a comprehensive educational toolkit
that explains in-school and at-home assignments that raise children's
awareness and knowledge about food waste and a detailed kitchen methodology
that outlines best practices for staff to optimize food production. The
materials are available in three languages and will be accessible online for
the 2017 school year.

"As teachers we know that what we do at school needs to be completed by
actions at home in order to help children achieve sustainable behaviour
change," saidFrancesca Mustica, teacher and education coordinator for
Calcinato
Municipality, Italy.
"Creating activities and materials to help children talk about food waste at
home would allow children to become food waste ambassadors in their homes."

Sodexo and the IFWC notably partnered with the Food and Agriculture
Organisation (FAO) and LeanPath, a food waste measurement and reporting
system, to achieve better results in minimising food loss and waste at the
kitchen and pupil level. The LeanPath system also powers WasteWatch, Sodexo's
global programme to eliminate avoidable waste-organic waste and
recyclables-to landfill.

About Sodexo

Founded 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 80 countries, Sodexo serves 75 million consumers
each day through its unique combination of On-site Services, Benefits and
Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Through its more than 100
services, Sodexo provides clients an integrated offering developed over
nearly 50 years of experience: from food services, reception, safety,
maintenance and cleaning, to facilities and equipment management; from Meal
Pass, Gift Pass and Mobility Pass benefits for employees to in-home
assistance and concierge services. Sodexo's success and performance are
founded on its independence, its sustainable business and financial model and
its ability to continuously develop and to engage the commitment of its
420,000 employees throughout the world. Sodexo is a member of the CAC 40 and
DJSI Indices.

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| Key figures |
|(as of August 31, 2015) |
|19.8 billion |
|euro in consolidated revenues |
|420,000 |
|employees |
|19th |
|largest employer worldwide |
|80 |
|countries |
|32 |
|,000 |
|sites |
|75 million |
|consumers served daily |
|15 billion |
|euro |
|market capitalization (as of July, 7 2016) |
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Contacts

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| Media |
| Laura Schalk Elsa Mélique |
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|Tel: +33 1 57 75 85 69 Tel : +33 1 57 75 80 21 |
|laura.schalk@sodexo.com elsa.melique@sodexo.com |
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Sodexo rolls out SKOOL programme
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