Breakfast with Binna - Modern racism in the workplace

Sodexo operates on a global scale with 420 000 employees,134 nationalities, 36 000 sites, 80 countries and 75 million daily consumers. Therefore having a global cultural mindset is essential for us.

We have made a commitment that all our countries will be engaged in partnerships to empower minority communities (as applicable for each country) by 2025. Our global strategy focuses on promoting inclusion across four areas:

  • Local minorities
  • Religions
  • Migrants and refugees
  • First nations (indigenous population)

Employee networks driving inclusivity

My culture and me campaignIn the UK in 2016 Sodexo launched the Culture and Origins employee network.  The network aims to encourage inclusivity and cohesion amongst our employees by celebrating everyone’s cultures, heritage and beliefs and by promoting equal opportunities for all.

Network activities have included a ‘my culture and me campaign’, mentoring programme for our colleagues from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background, and a speaker series with internal and external role models.

INvolve ethnicity pay reporting mandate

Sodexo is also one of the signatories for the INvolve ethnicity pay reporting mandate demonstrating our commitment to transparency and the importance of having conversations about race in the workplace. Read more.

Keep up to date with our initiatives:

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• D&I Podcasts: and subscribe to the podcasts series in I-Tunes.

About the event

We are delighted to welcome you to join Sodexo and an audience from diverse industries for an engaging and interactive breakfast seminar led by Professor Binna Kandola OBE, a leading speaker and author.

Date: May 21st 
Time: 08:45 breakfast followed by 09:30 start – 12:15
Location: Sodexo UK Head Office, Holborn, 1 Southampton Row, London, England, WC1B 5HA

debate iconComing at a time of intense media attention around this topic, Binna will focus on the history of racism and explore its modern manifestation in organisations.  Attendees will get an opportunity to learn about organisational best practices and will leave with ideas about tackling modern racism and how to create an inclusive workplace.

Romeo Effs, a leading diversity and inclusion thinker and Global Managing Director at INvolve, will also be sharing insights into how others have made progress in this area.

The event aims to share best practices and challenges, create networking opportunities, inspire action and promote future partnerships.

There is no cost to attend but registration is required, and places are limited, so early registration is encouraged. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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Speakers at the event

Here are some of the great speakers who will be featuring at the event:

Professor Binna Kandola OBE

Professor Binna Kandola is a Business Psychologist, Senior Partner and co-founder of Pearn Kandola, where in the last thirty years, he has worked on a wide variety of projects for public and private sector clients both in the UK and overseas.


As well as leading the practice, Binna is particularly interested in the study of gender bias and unconscious bias in organisations. He is the author of three new and critically acclaimed books on these subjects – ‘The Invention of Difference: The story of gender bias at work’, ‘The Value of Difference: Eliminating bias in organisations’, and ‘Racism at Work: The Danger of Indifference’.


He is also the co-author of several other management books, one of which ‘Managing the Mosaic’ won a Special Commendation at the 1994 Management Book of the Year Awards. A regular contributor to the HR and business press he is a sought after and highly regarded conference speaker.

Romeo Effs

For over 10 years Romeo has worked globally with senior executives and boards in strategy, diversity & inclusion, corporate governance, leadership advisory, executive coaching, and leadership development. He has worked for global businesses such as Accenture and Mitie.

Romeo is also a part-time lecturer in the Business School at London South Bank University and conducting extensive research on the impact of diverse disruptive technology on corporate governance and board effectiveness.

He holds numerous academic qualifications and professional certifications including a dual Masters in Finance & Trade and Supply Chain Operations from Cass Business School.

"I’m on a mission to make an impact in the world by changing the narrative in business and the society around minority groups. A narrative that sometimes causes people to have limiting believes in their capabilities and abilities, but more so a narrative that prevents authenticity of self and the sustainability of organisations. INvolve is at the forefront of this and I’m proud to be part of this movement for change."

Raj Verma

Having read Law at the University of London, Raj undertook an MSc programme in Management Science before embarking on a general management career in financial services. 


He subsequently transitioned to specialise in the field of Human Resources at the Ford Motor Company, before working at Santander UK where he was part of the HR Leadership and held several roles including Head of HR and Shared Services for the Bank. He is currently a Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Sodexo, a CAC40 listed global company that provides Quality of Life services across different market sectors. 


With almost 25 years in the field of HR across different markets and geographies, Raj has worked in both strategic and specialist HR activity, with his existing, as well as previous several positions, being in a global leadership role.  Throughout his career, he has been both a mentee, mentor as well as a leadership coach and has helped establish several local and international career development programmes.


A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, he also has an MBA from Warwick Business School. In 2018, he was named in the Financial Times as a Top 100 BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Executive Leader as well as being recognsied by HR Magazine as one of their ‘2018 HR Most Influential’ in his sector.