Each year, Aramark’s PRIDE employee resource group recognizes a member who most demonstrates the group’s mission to foster an inclusive environment in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) employees and their allies are fully engaged to achieve organizational goals and enhance professional growth.
This year, Aramark named Mark Wallace, general manager at the Oakland Coliseum (Aramark’s Sports & Entertainment business), the fifth Ian Bailey Pride of Aramark Award recipient for his extraordinary support of diversity and inclusion.
Wallace was recognized during the Pride of Aramark 2021 virtual celebration, where the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center was recognized with the 2021 OUTstanding Community Partner Award. The Oakland LGBTQ Center is dedicated to enhancing and sustaining the well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals and services.
For the past seven years, Aramark has received a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. The company joined Supreme Court amicus briefs supporting marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges and, more recently, the three Title VII cases argued before the Court on Oct. 8, 2019. In 2017, the ERG led the implementation of gender transition guidelines for Aramark employees.