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Chartwells Dining Sustainability Commitment

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.

Responsible Purchasing Initiatives

We encourage responsible and sustainable practices in our supply chains. Here are some of our commitments:

  • Source ingredients from local and regional sources as a first choice.
  • Source proteins from suppliers that promote the humane welfare of farm animals.
    • Serve only cage-free shell eggs
    • All of the liquid eggs are cage-free
  • Source foods that are produced with minimal use or free of chemicals and antibiotics
    • Serve only liquid milk and yogurt free of rBGH
    • Serve only chicken and turkey products that have no or reduced antibiotic usage.
  • Source seafood from a sustainable supply chain.
    • We have partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch program to assure that all seafood served in our dining halls complies with their strict sustainability standards
  • Act to support campaigns that reward the efforts of farmers and laborers.
    • Serve Fair Trade and other eco-certified coffee

Waste Reduction


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.


Respect people,
and planet.

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 Campaign

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.

Eco-Friendly Containers and Utensils

Small Acts,
Big Impact

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.

More information on Compass Group Social responsibility


Matt Ludwig, Resident District Manager