Sodexo’s diversity and inclusion strategy awarded with Best Diversity Employer award
March 31, 2015
Burlington, Ontario - Sodexo, the world leader in quality of life services, has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the second year in a row. The company’s strong commitments to promote inclusiveness in the workplace have translated into an increase in business performance and employee engagement.
Sodexo’s business strategy recognizes diversity & inclusion training and development as a key driver for attracting and retaining the best talent from all walks of life. In their recent employee engagement survey, Sodexo’s employees gave the company a positive perception score of 81% for diversity & inclusion practices. Mediacorp examined the company’s employee network groups, community partnerships and various training and development programs for women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered/transsexual (LGBT) peoples and discovered a forward-thinking culture.
The competition for talent in today’s marketplace cannot afford to overlook people with disabilities, who constitute a critical and under-utilized segment of the nation’s population. Sodexo’s “disABILITY” strategy provides meaningful work experience, leadership opportunities and education sessions to attract and retain persons with disabilities. This strategy extends to providing opportunities for persons with mental health issues at the Willow Bean Café in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association.
“We have the responsibility to reflect the interests of our diverse workforce and the communities that we serve as well as the interests of our diverse clients, customers and partners,” shares Barry Telford, President of Sodexo Canada. “Leveraging a multicultural workforce goes hand in hand with our commitments to gender balance throughout the organization. Diversity is not just about each group getting their moment. We must all work together to identify bias and make a commitment at all levels of the organization not to overlook our most talented and resilient team members.”
Sodexo is the only company to offer services based on over one hundred professions and is committed to enhancing employee well-being, optimizing work processes and ensuring proper functioning and safety of sites for companies, hospitals, university campuses, remote sites and large worksites.