Aramark Canada Ltd.
Aramark Canada employees on a farm tour

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Aramark Canada Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • Aramark Canada's employee-led Green Teams and Sustainability Stewards help spearhead many of the company's initiatives, working at client sites across North America and in partnership with other environmentally focused groups such as the Random Acts of Green Kindness, Waste Reduction Week, Earth Day Every Day and Go Meatless
  • Aramark Canada hosts the national, longstanding "Farm Tours and Field Research" program which brings local chefs, food procurement professionals, clients and other personnel to local farms and producers to learn more about food production and procurement -- since the program's inception in 2010, over 65 farms and producers have been visited across the country
  • In partnership with the Greenbelt Foundation and 100km Foods Inc., Aramark Canada participates in the "Local Food Hub" program to help connect regional food producers with mainstream food distribution and services -- the project helps strengthen relationships between food services companies and local and sustainable producers
Aramark Canada chef creating pastries made with local ingredients at Durham UOIT

Highlights

Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,100
Employee green team The Green Team, Sustainability Stewards
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director of Health, Wellness and Sustainability
Formal strategy/policy name Green Thread Environmental Policy which focuses on four key areas: responsible and sustainable sourcing, green operations, waste management, and transportation
Green highlights online seasonal newsletters and the "Leaders in Action" green newsletter, the "Live it Good Plus" green mobile app to engage clients and the wider community, a variety of community, campus and urban gardening projects (created in partnership with clients across North America), "Farm to Table" events (includes farmers markets and special events to showcase local producers), "Farm Tours and Field Research" program (chefs and procurement personnel have visited over 65 farming operation since 2010), longstanding green cleaning program to ensure use of green-certified cleaning products
Extended recycling composting and kitchen waste programs, reusable takeout ware program, procurement policy to reduce packaging from suppliers, use of green packaging and paper products such as EcoLogo certified paper products
Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Local Food Hub program (connects local producers with Aramark and other food buyers in the GTA), Earth Day Every Day celebrations (new 5-year initiative to inspire and reward Canadians who reduce their carbon footprint), Recycle Council of Ontario (since 2008, Aramark has received regular recognition for its recycling and waste reduction efforts), ongoing sustainable seafood sourcing partnerships (recently achieved the Marine Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Group Certification at 16 campus locations)
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes LED lighting with motion sensor, renewable energy offset purchases (one location)

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