Sodexo is firmly committed to promoting the advancement of women and empowering women around the world both at work and in our communities to advance their development and quality of life.

The importance of gender balance

Sodexo has a global, long-term commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion through comprehensive strategies, communication, training and monitoring programmes.

In 2016 Sodexo carried out its own internal global research called Gender-Balanced Teams Linked to Better Business Performance: A Sodexo Study.  The study demonstrates the positive benefits gender balance has on business outcomes. The data showed that Sodexo teams in which 40–60% of managers were female performed better in relation to employee engagement, brand image, growth and profitability.

But gender norms, and unconscious biases, can be obstacles to workplace equality. Our target is to increase our total number of female senior operations managers. Thanks to initiatives like our gender balance network in the UK, we are currently on track to achieve it.

Sodexo, globally and locally, remains committed to pursuing initiatives to improve gender balance and reduce its gender pay gap even further.

Initiatives include:

  • Aspirational targets for the representation of women in leadership positions
  • Initiatives designed to support women’s development and progression
  • Opportunities for open discussion and dialogue, with both men and women, about how the organisation can collectively support gender balance and overcome any barriers which may exist

Gender pay equality

As part of the new government legislation for transparency into gender pay equality Sodexo plans to address pay gaps for different employee groups following a major audit into the salaries of Sodexo’s entire UK workforce of 38,500 people (which includes casual employees).

The audit and resultant project will not only look into gender, but other characteristics such as ethnicity, age and disability.

Sean Haley, regional chairman of Sodexo UK & Ireland said: “We believe that to address gender equality it is critical for businesses to be transparent about any pay gap that exists. We are proud that Sodexo is one of the first companies of its size to announce its gender pay gap.

“Whilst our gender pay gap is significantly smaller than the national figure, we are confident in our ability, through pro-active initiatives  to reduce it even further.”

Infographic - What's the difference between equal pay and the gender pay gap? (click to enlarge)
The difference between equal pay and the gender pay gap

Leadership messages

Sophie BellonRead the message published on Linkedin by Sophie Bellon, Sodexo’s chairwoman, on why gender diversity must be a pillar of management strategy.

> Read the article


On International Women's Day 2017, Sodexo’s CEO, Michel Landel, and Sodexo’s chairwoman, Sophie Bellon, co-sign an article on how gender parity and standing together enables us to do better.

> Read the article