If you love people and take pride in everything you do, we’ll love you for it.
Charity, nutrition, our ethical stance, responsible food sourcing…the list goes on, because we are extremely aware of our responsibilities to individuals, communities and the world around us. We care passionately about making a positive impact our high standards extend to the way we work and do business with people too.
With this in mind, these are some of the areas that are central to what we do:
As part of a global foodservice company, we feel a responsibility for what our customers choose to eat and drink. So, we make sure our menus offer a wide choice and include healthy options. We’re making progress in reducing the salt and sugar content of our recipes and we provide full nutritional labelling in may of our sites. Information and support to customers is delivered via “Know your Food”, a business-wide programme that tells people where their food comes from, what’s in it and what’s in season. And we promote healthy eating to the next generation too, through a range of initiatives including cooking workshops in schools.
We want our people to be thought of as ‘good neighbours’ and use their skills to support local communities. Projects they’ve been involved in have helped to promote healthy lifestyles, tackle social exclusion, improve employment chances, and promote sustainability and diversity. We have also supported our charity partner, Cancer Research UK, since 2009. Hundreds of events and fundraisers later, Compass colleagues have generated over £1.5 million so far to aid the fight against cancer. And we’re still going!
Clients and customers expect to know where their food comes from. As you would expect, we take provenance and traceability very seriously. We maintain global supply chain standards and we only buy products that comply with the Farm Animal Welfare Council’s “Five Freedoms” concept. We also fully support UK farmers and producers, buying locally where we can. We are the largest supporters of Fair Trade in the UK foodservice industry and have our own Fair Trade retail range – Eat Fair.
Keeping our people and our customers safe is number one on our agenda, which is why health and safety plays a key role in everything we do. We’re committed to promoting equal opportunities and treating everyone with respect. We also believe in attracting and retaining great people through a thorough recruitment process, ongoing training and development, and a bi-annual people survey that helps us to understand what you need and offer the best level of support.
Because we’re such a big organisation, it’s vital we do everything we can to minimise our impact on the environment, so we’ve set ourselves some clear environmental objectives. We have targets to reduce consumption of energy in our corporate offices; we monitor and report on greenhouse gas emissions; and we have worked with our logistics partner Brakes to adapt its supply route and consolidate suppliers, removing 300,000 deliveries and saving 4,500 tonnes pa in carbon in the last two years. We live by the waste hierarchy (reduce, re-use, recycle) and we monitor our food waste very closely. Annually we recycle over 1 million litres of cooking oil which is converted into biodiesel. Our environmental management system is certified to ISO:14001. This certification is supported by employee e-Learning on the environment and a network of 150 HSE champions.
And, if you’ve any more ideas about how we can make a positive impact on the world around us, please let us know!