Investor action on free school meals

More than 1.9 million UK children did not have enough food during 2020 and 30% of adults are concerned that they will not be able to provide for themselves or their family, according to the Trussell Trust and Social Market Foundation.

Images of the inadequate free school meals provided for children this week have therefore been met with outrage. Alongside other shareholders in Compass Group, which supplied the meal packages through its subsidiary Chartwells, we have written to the company’s CEO to raise our concerns and seek assurances that it will meet the needs of the most disadvantaged families in the UK.

While the company has apologised and committed to addressing the issues highlighted by campaigners, we ask for detail on how it will ensure that meals are nutritious, and accurately and responsibly priced. You can read the letter here.