A relentless focus on gender-balanced teams for operational excellence earns Sodexo recognition as a Platinum Parity Certified employer

BURLINGTON, ON, September 16, 2022Sodexo Canada’s commitment to supporting a gender-balanced workplace has earned recognition by Women in Governance (WiG) with the 2021 Platinum Parity Certification™.   

Sodexo joined 63 other Parity Certified organizations honoured at the annual Women in Governance Gala on September 15th at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal. The company is one of 10 organizations that were honoured at the Platinum level. 

The WiG Parity Certification helps Canadian organizations increase the representation of women, especially in decision-making and senior management positions. This innovative standard not only assesses parity at the decision-making level but also assesses an organization’s commitment to implementing mechanisms that enable women at all levels to achieve career advancement and create a pipeline of female talent. 

For Sodexo, Women in Governance’s Parity certification is important because it is the validation, the seal of approval by the industry that parity is not just a question of numbers, but really concrete actions to develop our female talent, says Suzanne Bergeron, President, Sodexo Canada. We consciously develop our female talent and aim to bring these women into governance roles in the corporate environment. We must mobilize, stop talking about it and take action.

Sodexo Canada’s focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and specifically gender balance is also a business imperative. Company data shows that Sodexo Canada is ahead of most other Canadian companies when it comes to hiring women, people who belong to minority groups, members of Indigenous communities and people with disabilities. To assure continuity, Sodexo has set an ambitious global goal of having 40 percent of its management teams made up of women by 2025 and ensuring gender parity at all levels of the organization.

WiG's Parity CertificationTM—the first of its kind in North America, built in 2017 with the pro bono support of McKinsey & Company—helps organizations increase the representation of women in sectors where they have historically been underrepresented, as well as in senior management positions. Evaluation partners Accenture, Mercer, and WTW support the WiG team in the assessment of applications. Its robust questionnaire evaluates parity at every level of an organization and particular attention is paid to intersectionality, to create a diversified and inclusive pipeline of female talent. 



About Sodexo Canada

Sodexo delivers a wide range of customized solutions, designed to optimize work and living environments. Sodexo has been providing food and facilities management services in Canada for over 40 years, with a focus on enhancing safety, work process and well-being. Sodexo is a market leader in Canada. Sodexo has been recognized as a top employer for the past seven consecutive years. Sodexo is proud to have created the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, an independent charitable organization that has raised over $3 million to fight hunger and donated more than one million meals to at-risk youth across Canada since 2007. Sodexo is included in the CAC Next 20, CAC 40 ESG, FTSE 4 Good and DJSI indices.


Key Figures

  • 10 000 employees
  • Recipient of Canada's Greenest Employer Awards 2021
  • Recipient of Canada's Diversity & Inclusion Employer Awards 2021
  • 1 million consumers served daily 



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