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At Chartwells, we look for opportunities to make a difference in the lives of our guests through our commitment to nutrition and healthy eating. With these opportunities come important responsibilities. Chartwells’s approach to social responsibility and sustainability is a part of our daily operations. As a part of Compass Group, we are aware of the impact our operations have on the communities in which we do business and on the environment as a whole. We are proud of our collective efforts to make our world a better place.
Chartwells has a long-standing commitment to protect the environment. Through a variety of innovative programs and policies, we work closely with the communities of which we are a part to reduce the impact our operations have on the world around us. Our focus on recycling, resource conservation, and waste reduction not only helps us operate more efficiently, but it also ensures that the resources we use today will be available for future generations.
We encourage responsible and sustainable practices in our supply chains. Here are some of our commitments:
Here at SEMO we actively participate in Compass Groups Waste Not program. Waste not is a web-based tool that allows us to track and measure our food waste at a station level. Using this program, we can directly pinpoint where the majority of our waste is developing and determine why. From this information, we are able to create an action plan for the station to reduce food waste.
In an effort to reduce the food waste sent to landfills, Chartwells partners with Southeast Missouri State University’s greenhouse. Towers Café, the main residential dining facility, collects the fruit and veggie trimmings from daily production. The greenhouse then collects these trimmings for composting purposes.
Skip the straw,
save the planet.
Straws used for 20 minutes
stay on earth forever.
A plastic straw has a lifespan of about 20 minutes before thrown away; typically ending up in a landfill or polluting our oceans. The straw-less movement has been growing over the past couple of years and we have joined the efforts! In the Spring of 2019, Chartwells at Southeast Missouri State University adopted a “Skip the Straw” campaign, in which we encourage our guests to refrain from using a straw when drinking their beverage. For those that who still desire a straw, we now only provide paper straws upon request.
Chartwells has done away with all foam containers and plastic utensils in our dining facilities. All internal concepts now only offer plates, to-go boxes, utensils, and even cups that are eco-friendly and compostable. Even the packaging around our cutlery kits is compostable! We routinely work with our national brand partners to seek more eco-friendly options.