At Sodexo we work around five pillars – gender, generations, disability, ethnical origins and LGBT - to foster a culture that embraces differences and celebrates unique ideas, perspectives, experiences and talents.
Building employee network groups
Employee networks offer their members an opportunity to network, raise awareness of diversity challenges and opportunities and grow personally and professionally.
Women in Leadership and Learning (WiLL) was launched to offer women across the country an opportunity to network, share best practices, grow professionally and engage in community service. Launched at Canada’s bi-annual leadership meeting, 184 people joined the first day, 35 of them men.
Sodexo is a member of the European Professional Women’s Network (EPWN), which promotes the professional progress of women by providing the tools, networks and support to facilitate women’s career development. Currently 80 high potential Sodexo women are enrolled in the year-long mentoring, networking and learning journey.
In India, where Sodexo today employs 35,000 people, the Sodexo Women’s India Network (SoWIN) was launched with chapters in Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. With a mission to “inspire change one person at a time,” SoWIN focuses on raising awareness on gender challenges, facilitating communication across genders, increasing employee engagement and supporting female professional development.
In the UK, WomenWork! has been launched, offering networking events and support opportunities to help foster a culture in which women’s professional and personal growth contributes to the success of Sodexo. The Network strives to raise awareness of the challenges women still face in the workplace with the intent of removing barriers and increasing retention.
Across the U.S., eight Sodexo employee network groups attract the participation of more than 5,000 members. Created by employees seeking to raise awareness about their identity groups within Sodexo, the networks serve as forums for sharing experiences and ideas, contributing to both the professional development of their members and the overall success of Sodexo’s diversity efforts.