Estates of Sunnybrook & Compass Canada Environmental and Sustainability Best Practices

Estates of Sunnybrook & Compass Canada Environmental and Sustainability Best Practices

Guiding Philosophy

Balance – Wellness/Environment/Supply Chain/Community

The foundation of Balance is our position on key nutrition, sustainability and wellness issues. To that end, we have established standards associated with our menu items and ingredients to ensure availability of healthy and/or sustainable dining choices

We will provide sustainable food and support services.
We will support our clients and customers health and wellness goals by promoting sustainable healthy behaviours.

  1. We will commit to the wellness of the communities where we live and work.
  2. Adhering to purchasing practices that ensure we offer healthy, local and sustainable choices
  3. Utilizing marketing techniques, technology and incentives to provide valuable information to our guests
  4. Providing innovative solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations
  5. Benchmarking and reporting site specific and corporate targets to continuously improve on our actions
  6. Creating partnerships locally and nationally with organizations to reinforce best practices

Continuous commitment to environmental awareness earned Compass Group Canada a spot on Canada's ‘50 Greenest Employers’ list for the third consecutive year. From sourcing food locally to using environmentally friendly cleaning products, Canada has been formally committed to sustainable operations since 2007. Programmes such as ‘Our 360 Sustainability Commitments’, Broader Public Sector/Greenbelt Fund initiatives, water conservation, cage free egg operations, sustainable seafood practices, pollution prevention programs, local food and Fair Trade practices were key contributors to our success.

A dedication to introducing local food in Canadian schools earned Chartwells School Food Action Coalition recognition as an ‘Ontario Local Food Champion for 2012’ by Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. The Coalition, consisting of Chartwells, the second largest school board in Canada, a leading Ontario non-profit agency and regional public health agency, received industry recognition for exemplifying leadership as the first of its kind in Canada to implement a local food buying policy for secondary schools. Coalition initiatives included educating students about the benefits of locally grown food, hosting a student culinary competition using local ingredients and incorporating local ingredients into more than 200 school menus across Ontario.


Here at the Estates of Sunnybrook, our mission is to foster our own culture of environmental stewardship.

We have contracted a third party auditor to prepare an energy audit of our facility to help us reduce our carbon footprint by investing in new equipment, new practices and overall awareness.

Our culinary team tends to a ‘kitchen’ garden on site to grow our own vegetables, herbs and garnishes.

Our community investment includes a percentage of revenues generated being contributed to further research at Sunnybrook Hospital.