|Submission Date||June 30, 2017|
|0.64 / 6.00||
Hospitality Services, Ancillary Services
ARAMARK PURCHASING POLICY
The university's dining services contractor Aramark is committed to providing foods that are produced and procured in an ecologically and socially responsible manner. To that end, Aramark partners with many different growers, suppliers and distributors to increase the availability of such foods. Some of the key points of Aramark's purchasing policy include:
• Chain of custody certification with the Marine Stewardship Council.
• Commitment to only purchase coffee and tea certified as either organic & Fairtrade, or Rainforest Alliance.
• Commitment to only use cage-free eggs by 2025.
• Commitment to choose seasonal produce sold by local distributors supporting smaller, community-based growers.
• Promotion of local produce, dairy and proteins with "locally grown" identifiers.
AUGUSTANA CAMPUS SUSTAINABLE FOOD POLICY
Augustana Campus' dining services has adopted a sustainable food policy, prioritizing the purchase of food produced within 200 km of the City of Camrose.
The inventory reports direct purchases made by the university's primary dining contractor, Aramark, and by the institutional unit, Augustana Campus Dining Services.
The inventory review process included all food purchases from Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016. The uploaded inventory file includes purchases within that time frame that were deemed sustainable. Each item type is reported once, but represents all purchases made of that item.
DATA COLLECTION NOTES
(1) Data sources
Aramark Higher Education provided the data for Aramark's purchases. Augustana Campus Dining Services provided the data for Augustana's purchases. These raw data were analysed by the sustainability coordinator in charge of this credit in collaboration with the two primary data sources.
(2) Treatment of data for franchises
Aramark manages a number of franchises as part of their contract with the university. The majority of the purchases made for Aramark-managed franchises flow through Aramark. However, in most cases, franchises stipulate specific products that must be purchased, and these dollar amounts were excluded from this inventory. In a small number of cases, a franchise will give Aramark the ability to choose products for that company. Where Aramark has this decision-making ability, the purchases were included in this inventory.
(3) Determining if purchases met STARS Criteria
(a) Aramark maintains an ever-expanding database of source information for the food products they purchase. By collecting data directly from suppliers, they are able to ensure accuracy with respect to both the region the ingredients were grown or raised as well as the location of any further processing. Third-party certifications, such as organic, Fairtrade, MSC, etc. are also regularly tracked.
(b) Augustana Campus' Supervisor of Food Services receives information from their primary distributor's list of local products and combines this with information she collects about directly sourced products from smaller distributors, and for third-party certified products.
(c) Since many products in both inventories only had one or two criteria clearly identified, the sustainability coordinator worked with Aramark and Augustana Campus Dining Services to collect additional information about the ingredients and companies. This was done by both directly contacting suppliers and by researching companies online.
(4) Seasonal Variations in Produce
For most fresh produce, the primary distributor uses different suppliers depending on the time of year. To account for this, only 10% of these purchases were counted as local and community based.
|Dining operations and catering services operated by the institution||Yes||Yes|
|Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor||Yes||Yes|
|Student-run food/catering services||No||No|
|Franchises (e.g. national or global brands)||Yes||No|
ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBLE PARTIES
Support Services Coordinator
Troy Bender, Shilpi Gupta, and Michael Yarymowich
Aramark Higher Education
Supervisor of Food Services
Augustana Campus Dining Services
One convenience store operated by the primary dining contractor was included. Convenience stores run by other entities were not included.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE
staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.