Compass Group UK & Ireland has launched its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) network as part of the company's commitment to encourage diversity and inclusion in the workforce.
The firm has also partnered with LGBT charity Stonewall and professional network OUTstanding to help develop its workplace strategy and practices to further support LGBT colleagues.
The LGBT & Allies Network follows on from the company's recent commitment to achieve a 50% female chef workforce by 2020.
It was launched on 26 May with guest speakers including Jane McDonald, representatives from Diversity Jobs and finance lawyer Aritha Wickramasinghe, who was last year named as a top LGBT Future Leader.
Speakers addressed the audience about the importance of creating a working environment where all staff members can be themselves.
Melanie Hayes, resourcing and development director at Compass, said: "At Compass Group UK & Ireland, we are committing to a wider diversity and inclusion strategy in a bid to support a positive working environment which is inclusive for all of our colleagues.
"Following on from the successful launch of our "Women in Food" programme, we are excited to have introduced our new LGBT & Allies network and to be partnering with a leading LGBT charity and professional network so that we lead the way in creating a diverse and inclusive workforce for all."
Wickramasinghe added: "Employers have a responsibility to create a workplace where all staff can be themselves. Only an inclusive environment can bring out the best in people. Smart employers know this and practice it.
"Compass Group's launch of their own LGBT network is therefore not only a step in the right direction but a significant sign of the group's commitment to its staff, its clients and to its business. Diversity is everyone's business."
Compass Group employs approximately 60,000 people.
Latest video from The Caterer