Charlotte, NC (December 6, 2016 ) – Compass Group USA received a score of 90 on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Compass’ score reflects a commitment to LGBT workplace equality with respect to tangible policies, benefits, and practices.

We believe providing a solid foundation of diversity and inclusion knowledge, encouraging participation and measuring progress are cornerstones in creating and maintaining an inclusive culture at Compass Group.

• As early as 1999, sexual orientation was added to the equal employment opportunity statement.

• Our nine Associate Resource Groups (ARG) work to create a diverse and inclusive environment, supporting innovation, collaboration, and professional development.

• Our training programs provide foundational diversity and inclusion knowledge, improving communication styles to more effectively manage a diverse workforce.

• Our community outreach program supports and engages our diverse local communities to foster long term connections with the people we serve.

“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 Inclusion Officer – EVP Human Resources, Compass Group. “We are proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for our dedication to a true diverse and inclusive environment for our workforce.”

The 2017 CEI rated a total of 1,043 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

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 LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.

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.

Media contact:
Veronica Ospina
704-328-4291
veronica.ospina@compass-usa.com

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