Aramark Canada Releases 2023 Be Well. Do Well. Progress Report, highlighting the company's ESG initiatives over the past year

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September 1, 2023 (press release) –

Aramark Canada released its annual Be Well Do Well Progress Report highlighting the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) milestones from the past year and plans for the future. The company is committed to integrating diversity, equity and inclusion into the company culture.

Original Press Release:

Aug. 29 -- Aramark issued the following news release:

- Introducing pathway to Net Zero GHG emissions with Science-Based Target

Aramark Canada , a national provider of hospitality services, today released its annual Be Well. Do Well. Progress Report highlighting the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) milestones from the past year and plans for the future. With a truly global supply chain and operations that extend into every province and territory, it makes sense that the company would develop a holistic sustainability strategy that is equal parts people and planet.

Aramark President Andy Siklos is excited about the progress the company has made.

" We put a lot of effort into gathering and analyzing data from new sources in recent years”, says Siklos, “and now as we execute programs that are designed to improve upon our benchmarks, we are starting to see the return on that investment. The results of the past year confirm why we are known in the managed services industry as the leader in ESG innovation."

It Starts With People

At the core of Aramark Canada’s approach to ESG is a commitment to integrate diversity, equity and inclusion into the company culture. Inspired by the goals of Reconciliation in Canada , special focus has been placed on investment into Indigenous communities across the country that were negatively impacted by colonization. Examples of this include significant growth in hiring and retention of employees with Indigenous heritage, and increased spend with businesses owned and operated by proprietors from First Nations communities.

The company’s dedication to promoting equity and inclusion is also on display through available career development opportunities for women, and the rapid growth of their Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) which provide connectivity across huge geographies and business segments for those with shared background and life experience.

Taking Care of the Planet

The value placed upon environmental stewardship as a key element of Aramark’s growth strategy reached new heights this year toward net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with the official approval of new global near- and long-term science-based targets to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.  These enterprise-wide targets have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), the global standard for corporate net-zero target setting.

" The responsibility to aggressively mitigate the threats posed by climate change is something we all share” said Michael Yarymowich , Director of Sustainability at Aramark Canada . “Working with experts to establish a set of timebound goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and stating them publicly is the best way for us to demonstrate how seriously we take that responsibility."

Minimizing waste is another priority identified by Aramark’s Be Well. Do Well. platform. Statistics in the report show impressive results in cutting down food waste.  Additionally, and through the introduction of new service models that rely on reusable containers, we are making great strides towards the elimination of single use plastics and packaging as well.

" Small volumes of food left over from events or as the result of large-scale institutional production are impossible to avoid completely,” says Yarymowich, “however our ability to donate food to members of our community in need have increased exponentially in the past year. We see that trend continuing in the year ahead."

About Be Well. Do Well.

Launched in Canada in 2021, Be Well. Do Well. is Aramark’s environmental, social, and corporate governance platform and directly connects to the company’s mission: Because we’re rooted in service, we do great things for our people, our partners, our communities, and our planet.

About Aramark

Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves the world’s leading educational institutions, Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, prominent healthcare providers, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world with food, facilities, and uniform services. Because our culture is rooted in service, our employees strive to do great things for each other, our partners, our communities, and the planet. Aramark has been recognized on FORTUNE’s list of “World’s Most Admired Companies,” DiversityInc’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” and “Top Companies for Supplier Diversity,” Newsweek’s list of “America’s Most Responsible Companies 2023,” the HRC’s “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality,” and scored 100% on the Disability Equality Index.

Source: Aramark

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