UN’s International Day for Persons with Disabilities
Monday 3rd December is the UN’s International Day for Persons with Disabilities. A day which is there to promote a better understanding of disability issues and to mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of those with disabilities. For Sodexo, this day provides us with a valuable moment in time to affirm our commitment to employees with disabilities and to share and celebrate the great work that our teams are doing.
In the UK 16% of working age adults report having a disability and whilst 80.6% of people without disabilities are employed, the figure for those with disabilities is only 49.2%. Recognising this “disability gap”, the Government has set a target for more than one million more disabled people to be in work by 2027.
You can find out more about how we support people with disabilities in the healthcare sector here.
A Disability Confident Leader
At Sodexo we are passionate about ensuring we offer a workplace that is truly inclusive. Recruiting, engaging and developing employees with a disability is a key and vital component of that. We are therefore delighted to have been accredited by the Government’s Disability Confident Scheme as a Disability Confident Leader.
This award affirms the commitment we set out to recruit and retain people with disabilities and long-term conditions. This builds on a global commitment Sodexo made in 2015 to provide 100% of our workforce with access to programmes for people with disabilities by 2025.
Our 2017 Campaign
At Sodexo, we’re committed to providing a work environment where people can bring their whole selves to work.
Recognizing and leveraging our personal identity characteristics is what makes us strong as a company and a premier Quality of Life services provider to the 75 million consumers around the world that we have the privilege of serving daily. At Sodexo, we’re committed to providing a work environment where people can bring their whole selves to work – this includes those with disabilities, often a source of untapped talent. Diversity and inclusion is fundamental to our business strategy and a cornerstone of our culture. In 2015, Sodexo committed to providing 100% of our workforce with access to programs for people with disabilities by the year 2025. This means that in all countries where Sodexo operates, we will establish measurable initiatives to promote the recruitment, engagement and development of people with disabilities (PWD), within the parameters local laws and policies.
In celebrating the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3., 2017, Sodexo has focused on raising awareness around invisible disabilities, with a special focus on mental health through the initiative: There’s much more to all of us than you might know - Open-Up.
Because 70% of all disabilities are invisible, there may be more to our colleagues and the people around us than you can see. It encourages all of us to ‘Open-up’ and be mindful of this, because in doing so we can help create a more inclusive workplace and especially for people with disabilities where everyone can thrive, contribute to the business, and reach their full potential.
Our 2016 Campaign
We have made our commitments to employees with disabilities a key part of our Diversity and Inclusion strategy.
As a responsible employer, we have made our commitments to employees with disabilities a key part of our Diversity and Inclusion strategy. As such, we are engaged in improving the quality of live of employees with disabilities by providing them an inclusive and adapted work environment where people with disabilities can thrive and reach their full potential. Creating a more inclusive workplace will make us stronger, more innovative and better at serving our 75 million consumers worldwide every day.
Our 2016 campaign
In celebrating the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3., 2016, Sodexo has focused on raising awareness through the initiative:
Open-Up… to our ability to talk about disability
Disability is not always easy to discuss: you’d be surprised by the facts. It costs little to accommodate financially, encourages innovation and creates more supportive and happier teams. It’s just the ability to talk about it that we’re missing.
Sodexo is in the second year of our 10-year journey towards our commitment that 100% of our workforce will have access to our programs for people with disabilities by 2025. Participating in the Open-Up initiative will promote awareness and reinforce our intention to drive an inclusive environment for people with disabilities wherever Sodexo operates.
Our 2015 Campaign
100% of our workforce will have access to our programs for people with disabilities by 2025
In 2015, in celebration of UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, Sodexo has pledged that by 2025 our programs for people with disabilities will reach 100% percent of our workforce: this means that all countries will work to put in place initiatives to promote the recruitment, engagement and development of people with disabilities within the parameter of their regional laws and policies.
Sodexo invites everyone to take a closer look at our initiatives and programs through its inspiring stories from every corner of the world.