Recently recognised for its environmental sustainability efforts in the United States, Samsung has been partnering with Aramark in the areas of energy efficiency and food sustainability as part of its “Partners in Sustainability” initiative – complementing the foodservice and facility services provider’s own Be Well. Do Well.® environmental commitments.
With individuals, businesses, organizations, communities, and governments around the world focused on preserving and protecting the environment and conserving our natural resources, making a positive impact on people and the planet is ingrained in both organisations’ missions.
For Aramark, sustainability extends to sourcing responsibly, operating efficiently, minimizing waste, and reducing packaging.
Samsung Electronics America operates 43 locations in 19 states, with Aramark providing food and facilities management services to more than 4,000 employees.
A Samsung Electronics America partner since 2017, Aramark Facilities Management provides integrated facility services that include maintenance, janitorial, dining, refreshments, and concierge services.
Beginning in May 2019, the Engineering and Asset Solutions team began helping Samsung develop a strategic approach to manage their energy efficiency efforts at 42 Samsung locations nationwide.
Aramark energy engineers work with the onsite facilities teams and building operators to match equipment operation to employee needs.
They optimize the equipment operation to minimize energy use and make selective capital improvements designed to reduce energy consumption overall.
Samsung office interior
“We have been providing successful, comprehensive energy management solutions to our clients for more than 40 years,” says Steven Weiser, Regional Vice President, Aramark Facilities Management. “Our energy engineers develop and implement the right combination of mission-driven energy management solutions to help clients such as Samsung achieve their financial and environmental goals.”
Since the energy management program started at Samsung, the teams have celebrated several energy successes, including the following:
- Energy consumption has been reduced by a cumulative 9.5 per cent
- ENERGY STAR Tenant Space certification has been obtained at seven office locations
- ENERGY STAR whole building certification has been achieved for two facilities
- Samsung has been recognized with a 2022 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awards, incluiding an award for Energy Management in relation to its work with Aramark on improving operational energy efficiency
Food Service Sustainability
Employees at work expect more than a good meal or a hot cup of coffee. Company cafés and breakrooms brighten the workday for people who need a place to refuel, connect, and refresh.
These spaces become part of a company’s culture and help the company—and its people—meet goals both personal and strategic, including the desire to be more environmentally friendly.
Aramark Workplace Hospitality provides dining services to Samsung employees across the U.S. and has helped them achieve several milestones regarding environmental sustainability.
Café Eight Five in Ridgefield Park, NJ, was awarded a 2 Star Certified Green Restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association for sustainability efforts.
The restaurant minimizes waste going to landfill by using sustainable materials and supporting vigorous recycling efforts, a high priority for Samsung and its employees. It is also a Styrofoam-free facility.
The Aramark team at Samsung also partners with Table to Table, a New Jersey-based food donation company that collects unused food weekly and delivers it to organizations serving those in need.
In addition, Aramark at Samsung and at partner sites across the globe is reducing the carbon footprint of the food served by sourcing responsibly, reducing the use of single-use plastics and packaging, and offering more climate-friendly menus.
“We are working to ensure at least 20 per cent of our main dish offerings are vegan or vegetarian—and to promote more plant-forward dining options for the health of people and the environment,” explains Alan Horowitz, Vice President of Sustainability, Aramark. “We are taking steps every day—in partnership with our clients like Samsung—that simultaneously reduce our greenhouse gas emissions footprint and promote equity and wellbeing throughout our value chain.”