Press Release

July 25, 2016

Leader in Quality of Life Services Announces Worldwide Cage-Free Commitment

The Humane League drives progress as Sodexo announces the first global cage-free commitment in the foodservice industry

(Issy-les-Moulineaux, France – July 25, 2016) – Sodexo has committed to source 100% cage-free eggs worldwide by 2025, marking a historic, global commitment that will impact animals around the world. The group’s decision follows one-on-one conversations with The Humane League and its newly founded global coalition of animal protection organizations worldwide, Open Wing Alliance. Sodexo is one of the world’s leading quality of life services companies and also one of the world’s largest multinational corporations, with 420,000 employees that represent 130 nationalities and are present on 32,000 foodservice sites in 80 countries. Sodexo provides services to many sectors, including private corporations, government agencies, schools from elementary through university, hospitals and clinics, assisted-living facilities, military bases, and correctional facilities.

In today’s statement, Sodexo’s leadership said: “Sodexo has committed to work with a selected number of specialized farm animal welfare NGOs, to source only cage free eggs worldwide by 2025. Sodexo and its NGO partners will work to define and implement an action plan to achieve this commitment respecting Sodexo’s mission to contribute to the economic, social and environmental development of the cities, regions and countries where the company operates.”

This commitment comes after international farmed animal protection nonprofit The Humane League and its newly formed global coalition met with Sodexo’s global leadership to discuss the delivery of a global cage-free egg policy. Humane Society International and Compassion in World Farming have also had separate discussions with Sodexo. The new policy will affect its liquid eggs as well as the 250 million shell eggs it sources worldwide each year.

The leading global commitment will help eliminate cages from the egg industry, and will challenge other foodservice providers, restaurants, grocers and other companies to produce similar commitments over the next year. The Humane League worked with leadership at Sodexo’s headquarters in the United States to secure a cage-free commitment in February of 2015 , and in the months following every major foodservice company nationwide followed suit. The Humane League anticipates that today’s announcement is a historic tipping point, and will pave the way for every company to commit to globally eliminate cruel cages from the egg industry worldwide.

“Like their cage-free commitment in the US, Sodexo’s decision to source 100% cage-free eggs worldwide raises the bar for their industry and beyond. This is a watershed moment and signifies the beginning of the end for cages around the world,” said David Coman-Hidy, Executive Director of The Humane League. “We are proud to extend The Humane League’s previous work that secured a nation-wide cage-free commitment from Sodexo U.S.A. last year to create a global policy that will reduce suffering for countless hens every day.”

This move comes amidst The Humane League’s success in influencing a wave of major companies to announce plans to convert exclusively to cage-free eggs in a variety of industries, including Walmart, The Walt Disney Company, Kroger, Target, Aldi, Denny’s, Nestle, General Mills, and Costco. Having secured commitments from nearly all major retailers, restaurants and foodservice providers in the United States, The Humane League is globally expanding its cage-free campaigns to eliminate cruel cages from the egg industry worldwide. In the recent past, The Humane League has already secured global cage-free commitments from Sysco, PepsiCo, Grupo Bimbo, Unilever, Carnival Cruises, and Starwood Hotels. The Humane League is also responsible for United Egg Producers’ commitment to eliminate the culling of male chicks in the United States, a decision that will prevent the suffering of 260 million chicks and 960,000 hens each year.

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