Compass Group to celebrate “women in food” in UK and Ireland
Compass Group is committed to putting women front and center through its “Women in Food” program. Just a few days ago, the company hosted a networking event designed to highlight and further the program’s goals in the UK. Attended by 200 people, some of the finest chefs in the country spoke.
Compass Group launched the Women in Food initiative last April, and in doing so, became the first company in the industry to put diversity front and center. Given the historical prominence of women in catering, that may come as a surprise. The program includes a network of eight female chefs from the group that are responsible for supporting women’s needs in the company, a “Maternity, Adoption, & Shared Parental Leave Pack”, and charitable initiatives to support female farmers in Africa.
Dennis Hogan, Compass Group’s Managing Director for the UK and Ireland, said: “As a people-powered business we believe our colleagues should be provided with the right support and development opportunities. I’m proud to be part of the Women in Food program as it aims to further encourage an inclusive workforce for our female colleagues.”
“When we first launched Women in Food our focus was to tackle the shortage in female chefs by encouraging more women to enter and stay in this vibrant industry. However, we wanted to do more to further enhance the support we were providing not only to our chefs but our wider female workforce. So we have since broadened the program through a range of initiatives to cater for women who work in various roles. This includes launching a range of PPE for women who work in a number of fields. We are committed to making a real difference and I really do believe we can have a real impact by providing the right support and encouragement through our Women in Food program.”
Dominion holds Compass Group in its Global Trends Managed Fund.
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