Community is one of the four pillars of our BALANCE platform. Our objective
is to actively promote, support and engage with the communities where we live and work through charitable giving, employee volunteerism and investment initiatives.
Our key Community-based programs include:
Nourish: Compass’ new Nourish program, in partnership with Food Banks Canada, was created to address the issue of household food insecurity across Canada. With approximately 1 in 6 Canadian children having inadequate access to regular, healthy meals due to financial constraints, Nourish aims to eliminate this startling statistic. Through increased access to fresh, nutritious food as well as providing skills development on how to cook and grow food and sustainable agricultural practices, Nourish is designed to improve the self-sufficiency of Canadians living with food insecurity.
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business: Compass co-chairs the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and is one of only twelve organizations to achieve Gold Level Certification in the CCAB’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations program.
Scholarships and Bursaries: Chartwells, a Compass operating sector, is proud to recognize and encourage educational excellence. In 2014, Chartwells provided $600,000 in scholarships and bursaries to deserving students across Canada.
Compass Group Canada partners annually with
Junior Achievement as mentors in the
a unique experience in which local high school students are mentored over a 19-week period to create their own company. Every facet of an actual company is created including a company name, logo, website, corporate departments, product or service offering, marketing, sales, and liquidation.
Friends of We Care
Friends of We Care Inc. is an organization within the foodservice and hospitality industry dedicated to raising funds for The Easter Seal Society of Canada, assisting to send Canadian children with disabilities to summer camps. Compass Group Canada supports Friends of We Care in raising money to help send children with disabilities to specialized summer camps across Canada.
Campus Community Gardens
Campus Community Gardens provide hands-on opportunities for community members, students, staff, faculty and residents to learn about sustainable food systems. Selling produce can also help to off-set operational costs, finance expansion and generate revenue for the campus or community while creating interdisciplinary learning opportunities, fostering community space, and providing practical experiential education. However, along with the benefits also comes risk when using produce sourced from community or campus gardens. A growing number of food borne illness outbreaks have been linked to fresh produce and some recent high profile outbreaks have shed a light on the risks of fresh produce. For this reason, Compass Group Canada collaborated with several stakeholders, including public health and student representatives to develop a comprehensive guide and set of operational standards for the operation and use of community campus garden produce.
Click here to download a copy of the Campus/Community Gardens Guidebook.