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Sodexo Canada achieves highest level for Progressive Aboriginal Relations certification

September 27, 2019

Burlington, ON – September 27, 2019 – Sodexo Canada was recognized in Vancouver last evening by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) as a certified Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Program company. This is the seventh time the company has been awarded Gold level certification.

“Achieving CCAB PAR Gold certification is an important part of our strategy to support Indigenous businesses in Canada,” says Erwin Joosten, Senior Vice President Engineering and Construction Projects, Sodexo Canada. “We signed our first modern Indigenous partnership agreement in Canada in 1995. The agreement was with a northern Quebec company called Mistco Ventures, now known as Eskan. Our collaboration continues today and with many communities across the country. We’ve built relationships that are true partnerships which benefit the communities where we operate.”

Introduced in 2001, PAR is a leading Canadian Indigenous relations corporate social responsibility program. To earn the designation, companies undergo an independent, third party verification and the final company level is determined by a jury of Indigenous business people. PAR certification is designed to give companies the tools they need to improve and build relationships with the communities they work with or want to work with and makes it easy for Indigenous communities to identify which companies would be good business partners.

“At CCAB, we’re fortunate to work with businesses that are leaders in Progressive Aboriginal Relations,” said JP Gladu, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. “Sodexo Canada has demonstrated its commitment to Indigenous businesses by putting in the work to transform and grow its relationships with Aboriginal businesses and communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast.”

Sodexo works with 89 Indigenous suppliers in 23 Indigenous communities. Sodexo is also a Patron member of CCAB and an active Aboriginal Procurement Champion.

For more information please contact:

Leslie Booth, Xposure PR leslie@xposurepr.com 416.427.1588

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(left to right): JP Gladu, President and CEO, CCAB, Jonathan Kruger, Director of Indigenous Relations, Sodexo Canada, Tabatha Bull, Chief Operating Officer, CCAB, celebrate Sodexo Canada achieving PAR Gold Certification for outstanding aboriginal relations.

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