Compass Group commits to Elevate RAP
Australia’s largest food services company, Compass Group Australia, has reaffirmed its commitment to Closing the Gap, launching its Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in Sydney today.
The Elevate RAP builds upon the considerable inroads Compass Group has made toward Closing the Gap; increasing the Company’s targets especially in the area of Indigenous employment and enterprise.
At the launch event attended by representatives of the Indigenous community, Government and corporate partners, Compass Group Managing Director Shelley Roberts reaffirmed the company’s commitment to making 10% of the organisations workforce Indigenous by June 2019 and increasing the company’s spend on Indigenous products and services by $400,000 p.a. up till 2020. Speaking at the Elevate RAP launch Shelley said Closing the Gap is a goal Compass shares with many of its clients.
“Since 2009 we have trained and employed over 2,000 Indigenous Australians, giving many of these people the first step up on the employment ladder. This Elevate RAP extends our commitment further, setting goals around providing career progression opportunities so that our Indigenous employees can build a future with us and be mentors within the business,” Shelley said.
“Over recent years we have also successfully introduced diversity into our supply chain to benefit Indigenous enterprise. In addition to business relationships with 11 Joint Venture companies, last year Compass Group purchased over $7million worth of goods and services from Indigenous suppliers – and was named the Supply Nation Corporate Member of the Year,” Shelley said.
“As a large Australian company with operations in every state and territory, we have a responsibility to turn around the disadvantage that exists for Indigenous communities and to be a positive driver for long term social change,” Shelley said.
Justin Mohamed, CEO of Reconciliation Australia, congratulated Compass Group for its achievements in Closing the Gap and the company’s ‘bold and courageous commitments’ going forward.
“Since commencing the journey in 2009, Compass has embedded reconciliation in its DNA, setting an inspirational bench mark for other companies to follow. This Elevate RAP has raised the bar even further, committing to deliver even greater and more sustainable benefits for our first peoples through employment, business engagement and promoting cultural understanding.
“I applaud Compass for the innovative approach taken to addressing disadvantage and their achievements to date. The delivery of this Elevate RAP will provide sustainable benefits to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander into the future,” Mohamed said.
About Compass Group
Compass Group is the world’s largest food and support services company.
In Australia Compass employs over 10,000 people across the defence, mining, retail, health, education, sport & leisure and corporate sectors; offering a wide range of services including hospitality, security and facility maintenance.
For more information or to arrange an interview with Compass Group Australia Managing Director Shelley Roberts please call Kathy Scott on 0437 419 475