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Diversity and Inclusion at Compass Group


Each day we prepare thousands of perfectly brewed coffees and we create thousands of freshly prepared meals. We serve you in your University café, on remote mine sites and offshore on oil rigs. We deliver meals bedside in hospitals, in corporate boardrooms and across many iconic venues.

Our business is diverse. And so are our people. And that’s what makes us great.  We are known after all for being:

No.1 for great people, great food and great service

At Compass we strive to build an environment of inclusion that allows a diverse group of employees to contribute, participate, and succeed. We value the different perspectives and abilities of our employees because they uniquely improve the quality of our work and services we provide for our clients and customers.

Our employees are welcomed into a culture where they are engaged, challenged, and supported – helping make us the leader in the foodservice sector.

As a company we are committed to ensuring diverse thoughts and values are acknowledged and respected. We have a number of initiatives in place to strengthen our commitment to having a diverse and inclusive workplace. 

MAX Solutions' Employer of the Year 2018

MAX provides assistance to people who are struggling with long term unemployment. Over the past year 128 MAX candidates have been placed with Compass and we are pleased to report that 60% of these people remained with us at 6 months. This retention figure is significantly above the national average and indicates these people have successfully overcome the barriers to employment that confronted them in the past. Of the MAX candidates that have joined us 20% are Indigenous and 10% people living with a disability.

Project 1050  

In 2015, with the support of Government and community and business partners, Compass Group pledged to increase its percentage of Indigenous employees from 4.5 per cent to more than 10 per cent over a three year period.  At the time Compass employed more than 500 Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people and provided training and upskilling programs to hundreds more annually as part of its long-standing Indigenous engagement program

Over the past eighteen months Compass has successfully engaged and employed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into a variety of roles and is steadily tracking towards the 10 per cent goal.

Compass Group is one of Australia’s largest employers of Indigenous people with a long held commitment to achieving positive, sustainable and capacity building outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Compass has won many awards in recognition of its genuine commitment to ‘Closing the Gap’ including most recently:

  • The 2016 Supply Nation Corporate Member of the Year Award acknowledging excellence in engaging and transacting with Supply Nation certified suppliers or registered Indigenous businesses and for demonstrated leadership in supplier diversity; and
  • The 2016 Supply Nation Innovation for Impact Award for driving sustainable supplier diversity

High Growth - Talented Candidates Project (HGTC)

Compass Group, a Platinum member of the Australian Network on Disability (AND) was proudly selected to participate in the NSW Department of Family and Community Services HGTC project.  

This project was created to build connections between talented candidates with disability and selected high growth industries, like ours.

Disability can happen in many different ways and results in different types of restrictions. It may result from an accident or illness, or from congenital or genetic disorders. Disability can happen at birth, or occur with age. Disability may be visible or hidden, permanent or temporary. It may have a minimal or significant impact on a person’s everyday life.

Working closely with AND, Compass Group will review and remove unintended barriers to employment, upskill managers in disability awareness through tailored training programs and further build disability confidence within our business to hire, retain and promote people with disability. This project runs to June 2017.

Compass Group Australia is a winner in the Employer Category of the 2017 National Disability Awards
Hosted by the Federal Department of Disability Services the Award winners were announced on the International Day of People with Disability – December 3. More details >

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