Compass Group is redeploying thousands of employees from other sectors to support new hospitals, including NHS Nightingale London, the Louisa Jordan hospital in Glasgow and the IFEMA exhibition centre hospital in Madrid.
The company’s sports, leisure, education and B&I divisions are all operating at limited or no capacity, allowing it to redistribute resource to its healthcare arm.
Healthcare accounts for almost a quarter of the £25 billion a year firm’s global turnover.
Compass boss, Dominic Blakemore, said its healthcare teams around the world have “mobilised resources at scale and with pace” to allow it to support governments and healthcare clients.
“We are also preparing and delivering food to critical and essential workers, the elderly, vulnerable and those in financial distress, often working in partnership with grassroots support organisations,” he said.
In the UK, Compass is working with its partner FareShareUK to ensure food waste is minimised and that surplus food is redistributed to those who need it most.
Over in New York, it is supporting a new external testing centre in Brooklyn and providing technical support by inspecting and distributing donated ventilators.
And in India it has a partnership with government and NGOs to prepare and deliver food to those in need.