There are many ways we can build positive relationships with our communities. This includes, a plan for hiring local workers, plan for using local suppliers and a community and local relations plan. Due to the nature of our work and labour requirements, a large percentage of our work force will be recruited and trained from the local labour pool and the core objective of our recruitment plan is to identify people who have the aptitude and confidence to work in the hospitality industry from local communities.
ATS have also developed a number of initiatives to utilize local traders or suppliers that meet our audit demands or can be trained to meet our audit demands. Our first priority is to develop locally based suppliers near each project for fruit, vegetables and other meal ingredients. Secondly we will develop locally registered suppliers for imported meats, fish and dry goods.
We grow relationships with the local business partners by providing health and safety, accounting or basic business management training. Our approach is to work with the local community to determine the local products that could be sourced and supplied by the local community. We have been working with a number of these suppliers intensively over the past years. These suppliers receive regular audits from our H&S Managers. We have been auditing the goods that the suppliers supply and investigating their sources of supply, auditing the process of the goods and issuing written reports and guidelines with targeted goals for the suppliers to achieve on future audits. In this way we have developed a number of suppliers who meet our HACCP standard.
ATS has also held a number of group suppliers meetings to educate them about the standards that we are requesting. Suppliers have also been invited to attend our in-house training courses.
There are many obstacles that are encountered, but by working together these are often overcome. The main focus from the parties involved is to inspire confidence in the local community and ensure the programs that are started, succeed and the community can see the rewards of their involvement.