ESS Support Services Worldwide Reinforces its Commitment to Aboriginal
Relations with Renewed Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Certification
Compass Group Canada & ESS North America Awarded Fourth PAR Gold Level
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - ESS Support Services Worldwide (a
member of Compass Group Canada and ESS North America) has a long standing
relationship with Aboriginal communities in Canada through its partnership
with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and membership in the
Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program. Being awarded a renewed PAR
Gold Level Certification for 2013 - 2016 reinforces the depth of that
"We are thrilled to receive a fourth PAR Gold Level certification and
recognize that being PAR-certified is an independent verification of our
businesses and confirms our corporate performance as it relates to Aboriginal
relations," says Erin Meehan, President of ESS North America. "The designation
signals to the Canadian marketplace that we are a good business partner, are
accountable to the land where our business operates, and provide employment
and business opportunities within Aboriginal communities. Ultimately, we
enable our partners to benefit economically and socially from what we do on a
In addition to achieving renewed PAR certification, Erin Meehan is a CCAB
board member and co-chair, ESS is a founding and exclusive sponsor of the
Aboriginal Business Hall Fame and in partnership with the CCAB recently
launched the National Youth Aboriginal Entrepreneur Award. Each year the award
will recognize an up-and-coming Aboriginal Entrepreneur under the age of
thirty five who will receive a $10,000 financial award.
Compass Group Canada and ESS North America are committed to building a
business portfolio with Aboriginal communities that extends across the
country. The goal is to develop great joint venture partnerships, many of
which are facilitated through a long standing relationship with the CCAB.
About Compass Group Canada
Compass Group Canada is the country's leading foodservice and support services
company, with over $1.5 billion in revenues in 2012 and over 21,300 associates
across the country. With 500,000 associates worldwide and operations in more
than 50 countries, its parent company, UK-based Compass Group PLC had revenues
of £16.9 billion in the year to September 30, 2012. For more information
About Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Program
PAR is a certification program that confirms corporate performance in
Aboriginal relations at the Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Certified
companiespromote their level with a PAR logo signaling to communities that
they are good business partners; great places to work, and are committed to
prosperity in Aboriginal communities.
PAR certification provides a high level of assurance to communities because
the designation is supported by an independent, third party verification of
company reports. The final company level is determined by a jury comprised of
Aboriginal business people.
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) was founded in 1984 by a
small group of visionary business and community leaders led by Murray Koffler.
CCAB is committed to the full participation of Aboriginal people in Canada's
economy. A national non-profit organization, CCAB offers knowledge, resources,
and programs to both mainstream and Aboriginal owned companies that foster
economic opportunities for Aboriginal people and businesses across Canada.
SOURCE Compass Group Canada
Kathy Salazar Compass Group Canada and ESS North America (905)568-4636 x432
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