Infuse Sustainability Into Jobs
Today’s emerging generation of employees is seeking a different
career path than their parents. How a company addresses environmental and social
issues, and how employees can have the opportunity to impact these issues
while at work are important factors for today’s young job seekers.
In the professional services industry, we see an increasing need
for employees (like intern Sarah McElroy, pictured above) with a practical
understanding of environmental and social issues, coupled with hospitality and
facilities business knowledge. We recognize that a gap exists between
education institutions, companies, and the next generation workforce about the
practical application of corporate responsibility.
ARAMARK launched a Sustainability Internship
Program, hosted in partnership with the Student Conservation
Association. This program was designed to meet a growing need for employees who
have a practical understanding of sustainability plus fundamental business
knowledge. By creating an awareness of the role sustainability can play in
all jobs, we sought to incorporate the subject
matter across our workforce.
The ARAMARK Sustainability Internship Program,
created in partnership with the Student Conservation Association, helps
fill that gap by giving participants hands-on
experience as they implement environmental, health and wellness, and community-oriented
solutions for ARAMARK clients at schools, colleges and universities,
businesses, national parks and other locations.
In order to
replicate and scale this initiative, we transitioned the program into our
Campus Recruiting, which develops a diverse talent pipeline for management and
leadership positions at ARAMARK. By embedding sustainability knowledge across
all positions filled by ARAMARK Campus Recruiting we’re
driving towards our enterprise goal of infusing sustainability
into all jobs.
Intern Sarah McElroy said, she
applied for the program because she likes the idea of sustainability being
integrated into more traditional jobs. “In the end,” she said, “sustainability
should be in the fabric of every role.”