Inclusive Workplaces: Making a Difference as An Inclusion-Maker

Published on : 3/12/24
  • In celebration of International Women’s Day, we are proud to share the stories of some of our employees who encourage and inspire inclusion, building equal opportunities for all genders.

    I believe in the collective power of change, that small actions can contribute to a better future for everyone.

    - Amanda Lobregate, Sustainability Analyst at Sodexo 

    In line with our values and mission, we aim to empower all Sodexo employees to be inclusion-makers, acting with purpose to shape a workplace with equal opportunities for all. 

    Inclusion for me means encouraging all people, all genders, to let their unique light shine.

    - Belinda Oakley, CEO Sodexo Live! North America

    The Sodexo SoTogether network has implemented several programs aimed at promoting gender equality around the world.


    Supporting Victims of Gender-Based Violence with The Fairy Godmother Program

    When we listen to a victim as the conversation evolves, we can hear some of the tension coming out of their voice, their feeling of being heard, of being seen by someone.

    - Amanda Lobregate, Sustainability Analyst

    Amanda supported the creation of the Fairy Godmother program in Brazil. This project supports women who have suffered or are suffering from gender-based violence by creating a safe space to support female colleagues in need. 

    I feel that I can make a difference in the lives of vulnerable women and their families.

    - Maria Inês Benedetti, Site Manager and Fairy Godmother ‘fairy’ in Brazil

    The volunteer employees known as “fairies” are trained to provide psychological and legal support to their female colleagues. The program has already helped more than 250 women and saved seven from imminent risk.

    Empowering Sodexo Women with SoTogether

    I believe in the value of inclusive teams rich in diverse talents, cultures and experiences.

    - Isabelle Hannedouche, Managing Director, Greater China & SoTogether Global Gender Advisory Board member

    Isabelle is a member of the SoTogether Global Gender Advisory Board that drives our global gender equality strategy across Sodexo.  In addition, our employees can join one of our 21 SoTogether Gender Networks to take action to strengthen gender equality locally. 

    Boosting Employability with SheWorks

    The SheWorks project was a special experience which empowered me to believe in my own promising future at Sodexo.

    - Ziyi Huang, Administration Officer and former participant in SheWorks

    Ziyi participated in SheWorks last year in Shanghai. SheWorks, is a job shadowing program designed to empower women by giving the support needed to increase employability and learn about career opportunities. The program connects women, especially those living in vulnerable situations, with Sodexo employees who provide support and guidance to help build confidence and pursue career development. 

    Advancing Careers with SheLeads

    Through this program, I was able to take the time to explore how I wanted to design and develop my professional path.

    - Susana Gushiken, Head of Consumer& Client Insights and Consumer & Client Experience and mentee in the She Leads program

    Susana took part in the SheLeads program, as a mentee, and, with this experience, is now leading initiatives to support female employees in Peru. The SheLeads program provides women with resources and support helping them to advance their careers. It builds connections and gains access to a network of experienced senior leaders, who provide guidance, advice, and feedback to help them develop the skills necessary to succeed in their roles. 

    This International Women’s Day, we are encouraging every Sodexo employee to inspire inclusion and be an inclusion-maker. 

    Learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion at Sodexo Canada.