Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

Social Impact People logoAt Sodexo, we are committed to promoting equitable opportunities, valuing diversity, and creating an inclusive working environment for all our employees. Our strategy is built on the ethos of the power of positive conversations that take place within a psychologically safe culture. 

In this way, we facilitate a growth mindset approach to having a healthy curiosity – encouraging people to learn more about one another.  This enables us to increasingly harness the benefits which diversity and inclusion bring to our colleagues, clients, customers and communities.

Our employee networks play a pivotal role in creating an inclusive environment. Each network is run by a committee of volunteers from within the business for the benefit of all employees.

Our progress and commitment for an inclusive workplace - recent activity

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Sodexo Top 50 Employer for Gender Equality

Sodexo UK & Ireland has been listed as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Gender Equality 2024 for its commitment to making gender equality a priority in the workplace. Sodexo is firmly committed to promoting the advancement of women and empowering women around the world.

Read about Sodexo's gender equality recognition

Sodexo's Starting Fresh wins Social Impact and Diversity Award

Sodexo’s Starting Fresh programme, which aims to encourage UK businesses to recruit people with convictions, has been recognised at the Footprint Awards for sustainability excellence, winning the Social Impact and Diversity award.

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24 interns join Sodexo as part of 10,000 Black Interns programme

The programme is a paid opportunity that provides valuable experience to an often under-represented group of talent to gain valuable insight into the Sodexo workplace, by working with teams from HR, technology, and finance, as well as different areas of Sodexo, including its corporate services and schools & universities businesses.

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Pay gap reporting

We recognise the importance of embedding DEI at the centre of our business strategy and being transparent on the progress we are making. Not only does it make good business sense, but creates a diverse, fair, and equitable workplace that welcomes all. This pay report summarises our current position and explains how we will hold ourselves accountable for making change happen.

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Is gender equality in the workplace really improving?

In our recent webinar, we brought together a range of international speakers who shared sobering statistics as well as their thoughts on how to tackle the issue. Many of our guests had some great examples to share of how they have been helping to achieve gender equality in our workplaces.

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WiHTL 2024 Women to Watch & Role Models index

WiHTL 2024 Women to Watch & Role Models

Sodexo UK & Ireland is proud to announce that two of its female colleagues, Inna Lim, Director of Strategy, Marketing & Execution, Corporate Services and Jo Eagling, Finance Director, Health & Care have been recognised in the sixth Women to Watch index.

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Employees celebrating Pride

Our employees are proud!

Sodexo’s PRIDE employee network let their rainbow colours shine by taking part in Manchester Pride’s city centre parade in August 2022.

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Sodexo’s commitment to DEI is leading edge

Sodexo’s commitment to DEI is leading edge

Sodexo UK & Ireland is proud to announce that it is the highest scoring organisation within the hospitality, travel and leisure industry in the inclusion in EDI Maturity Curve and has been awarded Platinum accreditation for its continued efforts to create an inclusive, equitable workplace for its 30,000 employees.

Read about Sodexo's recognition for its commitment to DEI

Sodexo confirms commitment to inclusive employment practices

Sodexo UK&I has signed the Social Recruitment Covenant confirming its commitment to inclusive recruitment, training, and employment practices.

Sodexo champions women in leadership

We champion women in leadership

We featured in the only official book marking the Platinum Jubilee pageant in recognition of how we champion women in leadership.