Food services and facilities management company Sodexo Australia plans to source nine million cafe-free eggs from Farm Pride Foods annually across its operations.

The move to cage free eggs comes seven years ahead of its global corporate responsibility targets, according to the company.

“As a global company, it’s our responsibility to lead by example, which is why we are dedicated to achieving our corporate responsibility targets, and encourage other companies, both large and small, to follow suit,” Sodexo Australia country president and CFO Mark Chalmers said.

Farm Pride Foods chief operations officer Bruce De Lacy said, “To assure the welfare of our hens, we have all of our farms third party audited to the industry Egg Standards Australia accreditation.

“Our cage free fresh eggs are produced in climate controlled sheds where the hens have access to food, water nest boxes, perches, and are free to move within the shed as they please. This allows the hens more space, and they are protected from environmental threats
and diseases.”

The partnership is part of Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow 2025 strategy, the company’s roadmap for the next stage of its corporate responsibility journey covering issues ranging from animal welfare and waste reduction to improving gender diversity and stopping hunger.