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The Compass Group Canada website has been completely revamped to provide our visitors with a more user-friendly and intuitive experience.  In it, you’ll find information not only about Compass Group Canada and our multiple business sectors, but you will also find information on Compass Group’s mission, vision and values, our corporate social responsibility programs, our sustainability and wellness strategy and information on working at Compass.

Take some time to browse through the site and let us know what you think.

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Chartwells wins “Excellence in Public Outreach” Fair Trade Award

Mississauga, ON — We are very proud to share the news that Chartwells was awarded the “Excellence in Public Outreach” Award at the 2016 Canadian Fairtrade Awards this past February in Halifax.

Every year, Fairtrade Canada presents this and other awards in recognition of exceptional Fairtrade supporters, partners and allies, including retailers, traders, towns and campuses. The Excellence in Public Outreach award was presented to Chartwells in recognition of events and activities that highlighted awareness of Fair Trade and created successful public engagement for Fairtrade-certified products.

Chartwells works to support Fair Trade on a national scale by increasing our procurement of Fairtrade products, and providing education and awareness to our customers on what this alternative market model is all about.

With students being our target market, and their concern for the social and environmental wellbeing of their communities, we know the key to the success of Fair Trade at the campus level is to connect what we do as food services, with the passion for food sustainability expressed by our students.

Through public outreach, we have been able to open a dialogue with our students and provide an opportunity to answer questions about the program, explain the benefits gained by those producing the products, and to encourage their support for an even wider variety of products.

Further demonstrating our commitment, we sponsored a student from one of our Fair Trade designated campuses to attend the 2016 Fair Trade Origins trip to Costa Rica. The student was selected based on academic endeavours that align with Fair Trade and the submission of an essay.

Chartwells is honoured to be the recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Public Outreach Award and thanks everyone involved for their dedication to making our Fairtrade program successful. Having this recognition helps to confirm our commitment to being leaders in advocacy for food production and will serve to strengthen our efforts to increase Fairtrade purchasing on our campuses. We will make every effort possible to support a system that resonates at a basic human level.
Compass Group Canada is the country’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over $1.9 billion in revenues in 2015 and over 26,000 associates working throughout the country. The company specializes in providing foodservices and support services across the core sectors including leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafes, schools, universities, seniors’ residences and hospitals as well as remote camps and off shore oil rigs.  With over 500,000 associates worldwide and operations in more than 50 countries, Compass Group Canada’s parent company had revenues of £16.9 billion in the year to September 30, 2015.

International Women’s Day

Every year on March 8, companies around the world celebrate International Women’s Day. On this day, we applaud women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements and acknowledge the challenges many continue to face in the quest for gender equality.

At Compass Group Canada, women account for 66 per cent of our workforce and we value the contributions made by the thousands of women who are part of our business. Their desire for excellence, leadership skills and customer focused energy helps drive our business forward and we continue to excel.

On March 8, 2017, we asked our employees to help identify and acknowledge those women in our business who make a significant contribution every day; women we admire, women we look up to and women who inspire us. We received close to 300 submissions from across the country.

Some amazing stories were submitted; stories of women whose contributions go above and beyond every day, who demonstrate their desire for excellence, their leadership skills, their compassion for others and their customer focused energies.

Some individuals were recognized for their positive impact at work, while others were recognized for their contributions in their communities. The stories were unique, touching and tremendously inspiring – the positive influence that these women have on their colleagues and their communities is widespread and has a greater impact than they may even realize.

Out of those submissions, we picked our top ten nominees and have made a $1,000 donation to a women’s shelter in each of their communities. In honour of the other amazing nominees a donation has been made to Nourish, our corporate philanthropy program that aims to fight food insecurity.

Chartwells Higher Education Announces the Launch of the 2016-2017 Chartwells Campus Project

We are happy to announce that Chartwells will once again be accepting applications to the Chartwells Campus Projects for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. 

At Chartwells (a member of Compass Group Canada), we strongly believe in the power of students to initiate positive change. As a foodservice provider on college and university campuses across Canada, we also embrace the tremendous opportunity we have to contribute to this change by promoting and supporting student-led ideas, particularly in the areas of food and foodservice-related sustainability. The Chartwells Campus Projects is a fund to support student projects in these areas. By supporting such projects, we aim to encourage students to work together with Chartwells to turn their innovative ideas into tangible action that positively contributes to sustainable food services on campus.

For the third year students will be able to partake in this unique opportunity to take a leadership role in advancing sustainability on campus with the support of Chartwells and a $5000 grant.

The success and popularity of last year’s projects has led us to increase the number of projects from three to four, providing even more students with a valuable learning opportunity.  

We are promoting the Chartwells Campus Projects on our Dine on Campus website, through our social media platforms, and through direct outreach on campus to our clients, partnering organizations, and through our food service offices.   

Applications to the fund open September 7, 2016 and close on October 7, 2016. To apply, please contact your Chartwells food service manager. Selected projects will be announced on October 18th.. Stay tuned!

After the Bell

Every year, in communities all across the country, an estimated 1.1 million children face food insecurity issues. This is especially true during the summer months when food bank donations dip and with summer vacation, school breakfast and lunch programs are not available.

Food Banks Canada, through the After the Bell initiative, helps to alleviate this need by filling food packs with 10 child child-friendly, nutritious mini meals. These packs will be delivered to children across Canada throughout the summer.

For the past few years, Compass Group Canada employees have come out in droves in support of this event and our community investment program, Nourish, in support of Food Banks Canada and this year was no exception.

On May 17, almost fifty Compass volunteers, along with volunteers from other companies gathered at the International Centre in Mississauga to help Food Banks Canada meet its ambitious target of filling 30,000 lunch packs by the end the day.

We are proud to say that at the end of a long, hot, busy day it was mission accomplished – 30,000 lunch packs had been boxed, stacked on pallets and shrink wrapped, ready for shipping to food banks and children in need across Canada.

We’re already looking forward to After the Bell 2018!

Animal Welfare

Compass Group Canada prides itself on providing our customers with superior levels of service and outstanding food quality and we are always looking for ways in which we can improve. In March of 2107, we took a major step forward by announcing a significant change to the chicken in our supply chain.

In a unique partnership with Mercy for Animals, we became the first Canadian food service company to commit to using healthier strains of chickens, improved living conditions, and more humane processing, leading to improved lives for millions of broiler chickens across the country each year.

These new care standards were developed by leading animal protection agencies throughout North America including: Mercy for Animals; The Humane Society of the United States/Humane Society International; Compassion in World Farming; and the Humane League, and were codified as the new broiler welfare requirements of Global Animal Partnership (GAP), an international non-profit farmed animal welfare certification program.

The standards will ensure that all chickens in our supply system have improved environments, including light levels, litter and enrichments and are processed in a humane manner using a multi-step controlled-atmosphere processing system. In addition, by 2024, demonstrated compliance with these standards via a third-party auditing system will be a contractual requirement for any company supplying chickens to Compass Group Canada.

We are proud to take a leadership role in the area of broiler chicken welfare; we believe it is the right thing to do and are fully committed to adopting the most progressive animal welfare standards in the country.

Compass Group Canada Becomes First Foodservice Company to Commit to Using 100% Healthier, Slower Growing Chicken by 2024

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Compass Group Canada and Mercy for Animals announced a unique and historic partnership that will transform the welfare of chickens within Compass’ Canadian supply chain by 2024. With this announcement, Compass Group Canada becomes the first Canadian food service company to commit to healthier strains of chickens, improved living conditions, and more humane processing, leading to improved lives for millions of broiler chickens across the country each year.

The new standards were developed by leading animal protection agencies throughout North America including Mercy for Animals, The Humane Society of the United States/Humane Society International, Compassion in World Farming, and the Humane League, and were codified as the new broiler welfare requirements of Global Animal Partnership (GAP), an international non-profit farmed animal welfare certification program.

These standards are informed by the internationally recognized Five Freedoms for animals and cover using approved genetic strain of birds, minimum space requirements, and improved environments, including light levels, litter and enrichments. The standards also ensures that all chickens in the supply system are processed in a manner that avoids live dumping and live shackling of birds and instead utilizes a pre-shackle multi-step controlled-atmosphere processing system that’s widely hailed as less cruel.

“As an industry leader, we are proud to take a leadership role in the area of broiler chicken welfare,” said Saajid Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Compass Group Canada and ESS North America. “Achieving the goals set out by GAP will require us to work closely with our suppliers to make this commitment happen. We believe this is the right direction for Compass and we are confident that we will reach 100% compliance by 2024.”

Krista Hiddema, Vice President, Mercy for Animals stated, “We are excited that we have received this commitment from Compass Group Canada, the leading foodservice provider in Canada. Not only do they continue to set the standard for foodservice, they are truly committed to adopting the most progressive animal welfare standards in the country.

Compass Group Canada is the country’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over $1.9 billion in revenues in 2015 and over 26,000 associates working throughout the country. The company specializes in providing foodservices and support services across the core sectors including leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafes, schools, universities, seniors’ residences and hospitals as well as remote camps and off shore oil rigs. With over 500,000 associates worldwide and operations in more than 50 countries, Compass Group Canada’s parent company had revenues of £16.9 billion in the year to September 30, 2015.

For more information, contact:
Stephanie Baxter
Director, Corporate Communications
(905)-795-5100 ext 7604
Corporate.Communications@Compass-Canada.com