Aramark Canada Ltd.
Employees at Aramark preparing to volunteer in the community

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Aramark Canada Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • Aramark Canada manages a number of initiatives to address all aspects of its operations, from programs to encourage consumers to make sustainable choices (such as using reusable cutlery and dishes) to partnering with community organizations to help reduce and eliminate waste, such as LeanPath Food Waste Prevention to help minimize waste generation in its kitchens, and MASS Environmental Services Inc. to help maximize waste diversion along with water and energy conservation
  • Aramark Canada maintains local and sustainable procurement policies and supports a number of unique (and longstanding) initiatives toward these goals, including Farm to Table events, the Food Distribution Pilot Project in the GTA and the national "Farm Tours and Field Research" program which brings local chefs, food procurement professionals, clients and other personnel to local farms and producers -- since the program's inception in 2010, over 65 farms and producers have been visited across the country
An Aramark employee participating in a tree-planting event in Toronto

Highlights

Industry Food Service Contractors
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Halifax NS, St. John's NL, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 8,000
Employee green team The Green Team, Wellness and Sustainability Stewards
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Senior Director of Health, Wellness and Environmental Sustainability
Formal strategy/policy name "Green Thread" environmental policy focuses on four key areas: responsible and sustainable sourcing, green operations, waste management, and transportation
Green highlights "liveitgood.ca" website and "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 (such as 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), community garden projects with client partners, consumer-facing menu icon system (includes locally grown and sustainable icons), promotes reusable coffee mugs (offers discounts and rewards), longstanding green cleaning program to ensure use of green-certified cleaning products (such as ultra-violet light disinfection technology)
Extended recycling composting and kitchen waste programs, reusable takeout ware program, procurement policy to reduce packaging from suppliers, uses green packaging and paper products such as EcoLogo certified paper products, partnerships with LeanPath Food Waste Prevention (program to help minimize waste generation) and MASS Environmental Services Inc. (waste, water and energy conservation programs)
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 Earth Day, Coalition for Green Health Care, Sustainability Hubs (information kiosks to promote green-themed food initiatives at sites), Local Food Hub program (connects local producers with Aramark and other food buyers in the GTA), Regional Food Distribution Pilot Project in the GTA (3-year pilot project in partnership with 100km Foods, Sysco and the Greenbelt Fund), Local and Sustainable Purchasing policy, ongoing sustainable seafood sourcing partnerships (recently achieved the Marine Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Group Certification at 16 campus locations), longstanding support of Fair Trade programs in Canada and recently sponsored the National Fair Trade Conference in Halifax
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes LED lighting with motion sensors, renewable energy offset purchases (one location)

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