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Corporate Statistics
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Worker Rights Human Rights Political Influence Environmental Business Ethics

Aramark Corporation

1101 Market St, Philadelphia, PA USA
19107-2988
215-238-3000
http://www.aramark.com

Type:

Private

"Aramark Corporation, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., deals in foodservice and in uniforms. It is the world's third largest contract foodservice provider (behind Compass Group and Sodexo) and the second largest uniform supplier (behind Cintas) in the US. "It offers corporate dining services and operates concessions at many sports arenas and other entertainment venues, while its ARAMARK Refreshment Services unit is a leading provider of vending and beverage services. The company also provides facilities management services. Through ARAMARK Uniform and Career Apparel, the company supplies uniforms for healthcare, public safety, and technology workers. Founded in 1959, ARAMARK is owned by an investment group led by chairman and CEO Joseph Neubauer."[1]

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[edit] Criticism

[edit] Worker Rights

  • Hundreds of Wall Street Cafeteria Workers March on Aramark Owner Goldman Sachs, March 5, 2008. "Amid the bustle of the financial district, hundreds of cafeteria workers employed by Aramark at many of Wall Street’s largest investment banks rallied on March 5 and demanded that Ararmark owner and client Goldman Sachs take action to lift the city’s corporate cafeteria workers out of poverty. The crowd gathered at a Bank of New York headquarters on Wall Street, where Aramark cafeteria workers when on strike yesterday, demanding better wages (after working without a contract for more than 4 months)... Last year the average Goldman Sachs employee made more than $12,000 a week before taxes, while the average Aramark cafeteria employee at Goldman took home only $410 per week."
  • From Student Newspaper of Saint Joseph's University, April 2, 2008. "Across the nation, coalitions of students, workers, and their allies have been protesting large-scale food service company, Aramark, over allegations that it has been mistreating workers committing fraud and providing low quality food. The protestors' primary concerns are borne of a string of incidents that suggest that Aramark has been less-than-vigorous in meeting service goals. As an example of the types of allegations that have been brought against the company, an investigation found that, at the Los Alamos National Laboratory's cafeteria, Aramark had withheld back-pay and fringe wages, and had failed to pay some workers for lunch hours. As a result of the investigation, Aramark was forced to pay out over $100,000."
  • Wages Withheld, April 5, 2004. "In Baltimore, 65-100 day laborers whom Aramark hired to clean Camden Yards, the stadium of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team, have publicly protested the company’s employment practices. The workers complain that they are paid only minimum wage and that Aramark has withheld wages for hours actually worked. About 40% of the people employed to clean the stadium are homeless. On the 2004 opening day of the baseball season, approximately three dozens workers marched to express their grievances with Aramark; the United Workers Association has attempted to organize the laborers."
  • City Wage Violation, February 4, 2004. "In providing services to the Baltimore Convention Center, Aramark violated the city’s living wage ordinance. Over approximately two years it underpaid at least 283 employees by at least $131,000. The underpayment resulted from Aramark’s failure to pay overtime when a workday exceeded eight hours, as the city’s living wage ordinance required."

[edit] Political Influence

  • In the 2008 U.S. election, ARAMARK gave $34,300 to Federal candidates through its political action committee - 64% to Democrats and 36% to Republicans.
  • In 2006, it gave $20,300 - 39% to Democrats and 61% to Republicans.[2]
  • In 2008, it spent $250,000 for lobbying.[3]

[edit] Business Ethics

  • Avoidance of Unemployment Insurance, February 7, 2005. "The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency recently settled with Aramark for $2.4 million in a dispute involving the company breaking the law to avoid paying unemployment insurance taxes. Aramark’s scheme consisted of consolidating eight businesses into a single company that would pay a lower unemployment insurance tax rate than the eight separate enterprises would have. This constituted a clear case of tax evasion. The state determined that by 2007, Aramark’s illegal actions would have cost the state’s unemployment insurance system $5 million."
  • From Xavier University Newspaper, March 12, 2008. "The Alliance for Quality Services, a coalition of more than two million working people, has raised concerns over Aramark. These concerns include legal issues, fiscal mismanagement, poor food and service quality, public health risks, issues with alcohol sales, mistreatment of workers, reports of discrimination and severed accounts. Included among the allegations made against Aramark is a scandal involving the retirement of a Tennessee State University official. President James A. Hefner retired in 2004 after audits discovered that he had accepted Super Bowl tickets and other gifts that totaled $9,000 from Aramark officials."

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