Aramark Focuses on Delivering World Class Safety Culture for Employees, Clients, and Customers

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PHILADELPHIA , November 27, 2023 (press release) –

Aramark held its SAFE Leadership Conference to recognize, learn, and network with members of the Safety Leader Program. The conference emphasized the importance of protecting people as the most valuable assets and highlighted the transformative impact of the Aramark Safety Leader program. Sessions covered various topics related to safety leadership, and attendees expressed their commitment to making a difference.

Key Highlight:

* The conference also focused on nurturing the next generation of global safety leaders and driving Aramark's Target Zero strategy forward.

Original Press Release:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , Nov. 21 -- Aramark issued the following news release:

Aramark held its SAFE Leadership Conference at the William F. Bolger Conference Center on November 8-9, 2023 . Members of the Safety Leader Program from across the international organization convened to recognize, learn, and network, reinforcing Aramark’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding its most valuable assets: its people.

A Commitment to Safety

Vice President of Global Safety & Risk Solutions, Allan Fernandes , set the tone: “The most important thing we do is to protect our people—our most valuable assets. Our continued emphasis on safety is our brand, our promise kept. Safety is a key component of our success, and our safety leaders play a pivotal role in achieving our global vision of Target Zero—no harm to people or the environment.”

Keynote speakers—Ellen Wilson, Chief Growth Officer for the Workplace Experience Group ; Tim Barttrum , President for Aramark Correctional Services ; and Bart Kaericher , President for Aramark Healthcare+—all emphasized the transformative impact of the Aramark Safety Leader program and called out how a committed culture of care makes a real impact on its people, partners, and business.

“The Aramark Safety Leader program has not only set a benchmark for safety standards within the industry but has also become a shining beacon of how organizations can prioritize the well-being of their employees,” said Wilson. “It embodies this commitment by fostering a culture of safety, empowering employees, and encouraging innovation.  At the heart of this program lies the belief that safety is everyone's responsibility. It is not just the duty of a select few, but a collective effort that requires the active participation of every individual within the organization.”

Practical Guidance and Engagement

The conference sessions were a blend of practical wisdom and hands-on learning. Safety leaders delved into:

* “So You’re the RSL (Regional Safety Leader)”: Navigating the unique challenges of regional safety leadership.

* RSL All-Star Panel: Learning from seasoned safety leaders who have excelled in their roles.

* Food Safety Audits and Allergen Management: Ensuring safe food handling practices.

* SAFE Technology Training: Leveraging cutting-edge tools for safety enhancement.

* Emergency Preparedness and Response: Equipping leaders to handle crises effectively.

* HAZCOM Compliance: Staying abreast of hazardous communication protocols.

* OSHA Readiness and Event Management: Preparing for regulatory compliance.

* American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Certification: Empowering safety leaders with life-saving skills.

“I truly enjoyed the experience and the ability to interact with peers across the globe,” said Brian Achilles , District Manager, Student Nutrition. “From the passion of our keynote speakers to the guest panelists and other presenters, it showed that we are committed to doing the right thing for our people.  Leaving the conference, I felt energized to go back to my region and teams and continue to make a difference.”

Cultivating Future Leaders

The conference wasn’t just about the present; it was about nurturing the next generation of global safety leaders as Aramark’s Safety Leader Program continues to shape the industry’s safety landscape.

“We must continue to invest, elevate, and to grow and educate our safety leaders across our organization in every line of business,” said Fernandes. “This conference is a way for us to fulfill that commitment, to allow our safety leaders to network and share knowledge, and to encourage their ongoing learning and careers.”

As the conference closed, attendees departed with renewed purpose—a promise kept, a commitment to safety, and a network of like-minded leaders ready to drive Aramark’s Target Zero strategy forward.

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 18 countries around the world with food and facilities management. Because of our hospitality culture, 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. Learn more at and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, X (formerly known as Twitter), and Instagram.

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Source: Aramark

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