Compass Group UK and Ireland recently signed up to the Social Mobility Pledge in order to underline its commitment to equal opportunities and help improve social mobility across the UK. It is the first big player within the hospitality sector to do so to date.
The company employs over 60,000 people in the UK and has been recognised for its apprenticeship strategy and training programmes, so it is already taking a number of positive steps to support social mobility. The pledge asks that its accredited employers partner with schools and colleges to provide careers advice and mentoring to people from disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as work experience and apprenticeship opportunities. Finally, they must embrace transparent employee recruitment practices which promote a level playing field.
Donna Catley, HR director for Compass Group UK and Ireland, said: “First and foremost we are a people business and signing the Social Mobility Pledge is an important landmark which goes hand-in-hand with the excellent work we’re already doing. As market leader I believe it is our job to lead by example, raise awareness and do all we can to make a difference.
“In unison with our pledge, we are also making commitments to our employees as we seek to continue to support, grow and develop them. Finally, we will train several thousand managers over the next year to equip them with the people management skills and tools to support our ambitions.”