Aramark’s workforce currently includes about 56% women, and 57% of
People drive our business. Our 280,000 employees are a diverse, talented, engaged group of people around the world. They are the key to our long-term success. When employees feel good about their work and their company, they bring their best. That’s why treating our people fairly, honestly and respectfully is our top priority.
Aramark’s holistic approach to global diversity and inclusion is as much a business strategy as a people strategy. Building a culture of inclusion throughout our workplaces is not only the right thing to do, we believe -- and research shows -- that having a diverse and inclusive organization is a competitive advantage.
Our goal is to hire, develop, retain and engage a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We believe that diversity—of gender, background, age, race, ethnicity, military status, sexual orientation, perspectives, abilities and more—is critical to our success.
Thousands of people at Aramark belong to our employee resource groups (ERGs) -- people come together based on common interests, backgrounds or demographic factors. Our ERGs are just one of many ways we encourage employees to bring their whole selves to work. We're consistently awarded for our efforts around diversity and inclusion by organizations like Diversity Inc., Disability:IN, the Human Rights Campaign, Black Enterprise Magazine and more.
We’re committed to building leadership with our organization. In fact, over 70% of the hires coming through our Accelerate To Leadership management training program were woman, racially, or ethnically diverse.
Education and Professional Development
Providing competitive wages and benefits is just one way we focus on engaging employees. We also concentrate our energy and investments on comprehensive training and development programs for everyone—from hourly employees to the upper levels of management. Our programs include Step Up To Leadership for college interns, Accelerate To Leadership for recent college graduates and Learn To Lead -- which will launch in 2020 -- for our frontline leadership.
We also know education is a stepping stone. In 2019 Aramark announced a program to offer full tuition coverage of college degrees to eligible hourly employees in the U.S. The Aramark Frontline Education Program is part of a $90 million investment we made in our people that also includes targeted wage and benefit increases, as well as additional training and development. Our goal is to ensure everyone will continue to grow their careers with us.
We empower people to perform their jobs safely every day—to identify, evaluate and manage risk throughout their locations. By working to create safe work environments, we show we care about our people, clients and customers. Our global safety management system, Aramark SAFE (Safety Assurance in Food and Environments) is how we control risk, drive continuous improvement and deliver on our uncompromising commitment to the safety of our employees, clients, consumers, shareholders, and the communities we serve.
Aramark is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants for employment and employees on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military status, protected veteran status or other classification protected by applicable federal, state or local law.