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Companies included in the restaurants and food service segment have activities serving meals prepared outside the home, primarily through restaurants or catering operations.

The 24 companies in the restaurants and food service segment are the second worst performers in the benchmark, behind animal protein producers. The segment’s top performer, Sodexo, significantly outperforms its peers, ranking 30th in the overall ranking, with the next closest companies, McDonalds (67th), and Compass Group (77th). The rest of the segment top ten is comprised of Thai Beverage (fourth), Starbucks (fifth), food service company Sysco (sixth), Yum! Brands (seventh), Chipotle Mexican Grill (eighth) and Aramark (ninth), and Restaurant Brands International (tenth).

While many of these companies disclose sustainability strategies, companies in this segment currently fail to build on these by demonstrating improved performance on key topics, particularly in the nutrition dimension. With their powerful consumer-facing position, companies in this segment should take leadership in advancing the accessibility, availability and affordability of healthy foods. However, all companies in this segment have room for improvement in addressing these challenges.

While companies have taken steps to report on key environmental issues, with 25% of companies reporting on reductions in scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions and 17% on activities to tackle food waste, there is a general lack of disclosure on efforts to diversify their protein offerings. Moreover, while directly employing over three million people globally, companies in this segment currently lack disclosure on public commitments towards respecting human rights and policies toward regulating working hours or paying a living wage.

Ranking table

Total score out of 100 Governance and strategy out of 10 Environment out of 30 Nutrition out of 30 Social inclusion out of 30
1 Sodexo
Total score 41.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 13.1 / 30
Nutrition 8.8 / 30
Social inclusion 13.7 / 30
2 McDonald's
Total score 33.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 11.3 / 30
Nutrition 6.3 / 30
Social inclusion 10.6 / 30
3 Compass Group
Total score 31.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 7.5 / 30
Nutrition 6.3 / 30
Social inclusion 10.2 / 30
4 Thai Beverage
Total score 30.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 9.4 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 10.1 / 30
5 Starbucks
Total score 28.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 11.9 / 30
Nutrition 5.0 / 30
Social inclusion 8.2 / 30
6 Sysco
Total score 27.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 8.8 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 7.7 / 30
7 Yum! Brands
Total score 27.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 9.4 / 30
Nutrition 6.3 / 30
Social inclusion 5.9 / 30
8 Chipotle Mexican Grill
Total score 26.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 8.3 / 10
Environment 7.5 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 7.2 / 30
9 Aramark
Total score 23.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 8.1 / 30
Nutrition 7.5 / 30
Social inclusion 4.7 / 30
10 Restaurant Brands International
Total score 19.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 4.8 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 5.7 / 30
11 Elior Group
Total score 17.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 6.9 / 30
Nutrition 5.0 / 30
Social inclusion 2.5 / 30
12 Bidcorp
Total score 16.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 5.0 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 3.9 / 30
13 SSP Group
Total score 15.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 6.7 / 10
Environment 3.1 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 4.8 / 30
14 Yum China
Total score 15.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 6.3 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 1.8 / 30
15 Autogrill
Total score 14.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Environment 3.1 / 30
Nutrition 2.5 / 30
Social inclusion 5.0 / 30
16 Cencosud
Total score 14.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Environment 4.4 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 6.4 / 30
- Central Retail
Total score 14.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 3.1 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 6.8 / 30
18 Darden Restaurants
Total score 8.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 3.1 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 4.0 / 30
- Subway
Total score 8.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Environment 1.9 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 4.4 / 30
20 Jollibee
Total score 6.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 4.8 / 30
21 Gruppo Cremonini
Total score 6.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 3.1 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 2.0 / 30
22 Zensho Holdings
Total score 2.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 1.3 / 30
23 Bloomin' Brands
Total score 0.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 0.0 / 30
- US Foods Holding
Total score 0.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 0.0 / 30