As a responsible employer, we have made of our commitments to employees with disabilities a key part of our Diversity and Inclusion strategy. As such, we are engaged in improving the quality of live of employees with disabilities by providing them an inclusive and adapted work environment where people with disabilities can thrive and reach their full potential. This commitment makes us stronger, more innovative and better at serving our 75 million consumers worldwide.
Take a Closer Look at disabilities
Misconceptions are everywhere – and, without the correct awareness, they can be easy to believe and perpetuate. In celebration of UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, Sodexo challenges some of the most clichés associated with people with disabilities (PWDs). Through its inspiring stories from every corner of the world, Sodexo invites everyone to take a closer look at disabilities.
In the United States, Sodexo employees are learning to foster a more inclusive environment and be visible allies of PWDs through the Voice program, created by disability advocacy pioneer Deb Dagit. Since September 2014, more than 225 participants have completed or signed up for the series of interactive classroom and digital courses. Learn more
The Willow Bean Café at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) offers an employment program that is helping people who are recovering from mental illness to gain the confidence and support needed to work again. 100% of profits made at the café will go back to fund mental health programs at the Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver – Burnaby Branch. Learn more
The Sodexo team at Vancouver Community College works with the Vancouver School Board’s Life Skills Program to support student interns with intellectual disabilities. The Life Skills Program exposes students with intellectual disabilities to college-level educational opportunities and job training placements early on in high school.
Out of concern for the well-being of our hearing impaired employees in Brazil, we begun translating our healthcare, quality and safety training videos into the Libras sign language in 2012. This initiative supports employees to grow and develop, become more involved and ultimately become valued members of the organization. Learn more
In Eastern China, our human resources and operations management teams visit the homes of our 47 employees with disabilities during the Chinese New Year period, bringing holiday greetings and soliciting feedback on employees’ experiences within the organization. Learn more