Charlotte, NC (November 20, 2017) – Compass Group USA has received a score of 90 on the 2018 HRC Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. As the survey criteria evolve year over year, the score is reflective of Compass’ continued commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture in which associates feel valued, supported and can bring their best selves to work.

2017 highlights include:
• Six Diversity & Inclusion Action Councils (DIACs) drove the 2017 D&I theme “Ignite Inclusion, create a spark” across their respective sectors, nationwide, by holding Inclusion Day, Inclusion Week and other events with the purpose of fostering a better understanding of inclusion and providing practical examples of inclusive behaviors.
• A record of over 500 submissions were received for the internal award known as the Five Jewel Award for Inclusion Excellence, which highlights diversity and inclusion best practices.
• In the 2017 annual employee engagement survey, 85% of respondents said: “My team values differences among employees such as age, race, gender, family status, veteran status, national origin, disability and sexual orientation.” And 85% of respondents believe: “As a company, we embrace diversity and inclusion.”

“Compass Group USA is deeply committed to creating a culture of inclusion for all of our associates regardless of sexual orientation. It reflects our decades-long history of embracing equality in the workplace,” states Cindy Noble, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer – EVP Human Resources, Compass Group. “We are delighted to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for the second year in a row for our dedication to a truly diverse and inclusive environment for our workforce.”

Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community. For more information on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

Compass Group
Based in Charlotte, NC, Compass Group North America is the leading foodservice management and support services company with $16 billion in revenues in 2016. Compass Group USA was named one of America’s 500 Best Employers by Forbes, ranking as the highest contract food and support services company. With over 500,000 associates worldwide, its parent company, UK-based Compass Group PLC, was named the 6th largest publicly traded employer in the world by USA Today and one of 50 Companies Changing the World by Fortune. Compass Group PLC had revenues of £19.9 billion in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016.

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