Sodexo Ireland hosts diversity and inclusion breakfast on gender equality

November 28, 2012

Sodexo Ireland’s first diversity and inclusion business breakfast held on Wednesday 28 November at Aviva head office in Dublin focused on gender equality and provided a forum in which ways to tackle unconscious bias in the workplace could be shared in an open, informal and collaborative format with other companies and organisations. Hosted in partnership with Business in the Community Ireland, It was attended by senior managers from a range of business sectors which share the gender equality agenda.

Sodexo Ireland hosts diversity and inclusion breakfast on gender equality

D&I BreakfastBusiness leaders including Margot Slattery, managing director, Sodexo Ireland; Tina Roche, CEO, Business in the Community Ireland; Dr Kara McGann, policy executive, IBEC and Simon Scrivens, executive sponsor of the Sodexo Women Work Network attended the event.

Sodexo recently signed Ireland’s first Diversity Charter alongside ten other founding Irish organisations which included An Post, Dell, ESB, IBEC and Rehab. The company has a dedicated head of diversity and inclusion and a team of employees to manage its various programmes in this area.

Margot Slattery, managing director, Sodexo Ireland, said “All rational considerations support gender equality, better business performance, better adaptation to client and customer needs, better productivity of individuals, cross-pollination of ideas and perspectives. But data shows that only 29% of senior executive and managers are female across the EU. Rather than taking a short-term, initiative-based approach, we have embarked on a long-term, strategic journey to firmly embed a culture where all different perspectives are understood and valued for the benefit of employees, clients and the business. “

Tina Roche, ceo of Business in the Community Ireland, said, ”One of the significant drivers of innovation is diversity and inclusion. An organisation aiming to be innovative needs to deal squarely with this. One of the key drivers of talent retention is also diversity and inclusion. In this day and age it is a prerequisite for an organisation if talent is important and which company doesn’t want top talent.”

Business in the Community is Ireland’s only dedicated network for responsible business. Founded in 2000,  it is a national non-profit business network whose vision is quite simple which is to have all businesses in Ireland responsible and sustainable.

The Breakfast builds upon a series of stakeholder engagement events conducted by Sodexo UK & Ireland at a corporate level around topics of the Better Tomorrow Plan, Sodexo's worldwide sustainability strategy to 2020, which covered diversity and inclusion, nutrition, health and wellbeing, local community development, sustainable procurement and environmental management.

Sodexo Ireland is a leading provider of food and facilities management services, delivering on-site service solutions to clients in business and industry, education, financial services and healthcare. It employs approximately 2,000 people in 220 locations on the island of Ireland.

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