Inspiring Environmental Change In The World Around Us

We create and power sustainable programs and practices that minimize our environmental impact.

Each and every day, our promise to the millions of people we reach around the globe is this:

We will enhance the places where they work, learn, recover and play!

One of the ways we keep this promise is through an enterprise-wide environmental sustainability platform that helps our employees and clients minimize environmental impacts in the communities where we operate. We offer practical solutions focused on responsible purchasing, efficient operations, waste minimizations and fleet management.



Where possible, we purchase local, seasonal and responsibly raised, grown and sourced products.

Responsible sourcing is a priority here at Aramark. We are focused on finding ways to buy more local, seasonal and responsibly raised, grown and sourced products. This approach to purchasing strengthens local and global economies, improves the health and wellbeing of people and animals, and conserves our environment.

We’ve taken important steps to advance our sourcing practices in a responsible and ethical way, including:

  • Adopting animal welfare principles that address a broad spectrum of issues impacting the treatment of farm animals for products served across our operations. 
  • Purchasing humanely-raised animal proteins including cage-free shell eggs by 2022 and cage-free liquid eggs by 2025.
  • Working towards a goal of sourcing 100% sustainably sourced fish & seafood. As part of this goal, we launched Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody Certification at many of our largest accounts that will allow us to promote MSC using their blue ecolabel on menus.
  • Sourcing products locally grown, raised, caught or produced within provincial or territorial borders and from small and medium-scale community-based farmers and fisherman, where possible.
  • Providing a wide spectrum of responsibly sourced products such Fairtrade certified coffee and chocolate, Rainforest Alliance certified tea and reusable, recyclable and compostable disposables.
  • Offering clients and customers fresh, safe, wholesome foods that are raised, grown, and harvested in a sustainable manner, whenever possible.


Recycling, reusing and composting are just the beginning of our waste minimization efforts.

Waste minimization extends to every stage of our operations—from what we purchase to what we serve. If not managed properly, waste adds up, and can have a long-term impact on the environment. That’s why environmentally responsible waste management practices such as reducing, reusing, recycling and composting are standard procedure at thousands of our locations every day. Our focus on waste minimization enables us to reduce our environmental impact and decrease the overall cost of waste disposal for our clients. Whether it’s efficient planning for exactly the right amount of food to purchase or recycling and composting waste, we minimize our environmental footprint and demonstrate our commitment to sustainability. Multiplied across all our locations, the potential impact is enormous: Over the course of a year, just one large convention centre can recycle more than 170 tons of cardboard, 2,400 pounds of aluminum cans, 3,300 gallons of kitchen oil, 180 tons of mixed paper, plastic and glass, 12 tons of scrap metal, and as many as 8,000 wood shipping pallets.
Efficient Operations

Efficient Operations

We’re always implementing practices to conserve our resources and ensure operational efficiencies.

To us, efficient operations go well beyond conservation. They cover an array of practices that range from efficient building design to water-and energy-saving practices to low-impact green and even “blue” cleaning.

Our water-saving programs include the design and implementation of conservation plans and installation of water-saving hardware and fittings like low-flow bathroom and kitchen fixtures. And in our uniform business, the laundering process we use is even more efficient than home laundering – which uses 3 gallons of water per pound of home laundry versus 1.3 to 1.4 gallons of water per pound of laundry through our commercial service.  

As for energy conservation, we work hard to promote efficiency in our own buildings, while lending our skills and expertise to our clients to help them manage energy use in their facilities. 

Not only that, but with our environmentally friendly program Blue Cleaning™, we use electrically activated or ionized tap water to safely clean or sanitize surfaces as well as hard floors and carpets without the use of harmful chemicals.



We’ve put several effective transportation programs in place, reducing our fuel usage and emissions.

Every day, we count on over 8,000 vehicles to deliver excellent and safe service. Our fleet transports the food we serve, the uniforms we launder and the supplies we need in our facilities. Given the size of our fleet and the distances covered on a day-to-day basis, we’re going the extra mile in minimizing emissions and maximizing efficiency.

We work directly with manufacturers to provide input on the design of our service fleet vehicles for increased efficiency and longevity. We also monitor our vehicles’ performance through advanced maintenance diagnostics, allowing our fleet operators to significantly lessen fuel consumption.

Additionally, through our route-optimization program, our uniforms fleet reduces kilometers driven, fuel and emissions using GPS devices and state-of-the-art routing software to map out the most efficient travel routes.