A conversation with Albeiro Herrera - Managing Director, Compass Group - Colombia

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What motivated your personal interest in sustainability and food waste reduction?

Undoubtedly, this is one of the great global challenges for the economic and social development, not only for the Company but also at the country and world level.  It’s a challenge that demands from us as leaders a commitment translated into tangible actions on a day-to-day basis. That's where my interest comes from. Additionally, as a global food services company, preventing food waste is a responsibility that forces us to promote a real change in attitudes and different ways of working.  Doing so will help to reduce environmental pollution and contribute to a more sustainable production and consumption model that works towards elimination of hunger and poverty.

What change have you made, personally, to be more mindful of food waste?

It is essential to inspire tangible changes in the different actors of the supply chain by creating habits, educating and generating solutions and innovative practices aimed at minimizing food waste.

What will it take for Colombia to make food waste a priority?

From my point of view, the first thing is the desire to do it and the commitment to achieve it. Because with that, initiatives would start that would lead to new public policies that, when demanded and applied, would positively impact the levels of poverty and ensure care of the environment. 

What is one small change every person can make in their daily lives to make a big difference?

First of all, understand that to achieve tangible results, it is our individual commitment and contribution, our behaviours and practices, which will generate trends and cultural habits that ultimately culminate in a globally collective different way of doing things.