Sodexo is firmly committed to promoting the advancement of women and empowering women around the world both at work and in our communities to advance their development and quality of life.

Our vision is to position Diversity and Inclusion as a competitive advantage that drives Sodexo’s growth and our status as an employer and business partner of choice, enriching the Quality of Life for our employees, consumers, clients, suppliers and communities globally.


The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2019

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Sodexo has been recognised for its leadership in gender equality by being named for the sixth year in a row in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2019. 

The list acknowledges UK employers who have made gender balance part of their business strategy, with consistent commitment to creating an inclusive workplace and the progress of women at all levels. View the press release.

Find out from colleagues across Sodexo UK and Ireland what role our culture, learning and development, access to networks and managers / leadership teams have played in their careers so far.


International Women's Day

International Women's Day (IWD) is traditionally a day dedicated to the celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

Celebrated each 8 March worldwide, IWD is the opportunity to showcase the great work we are doing with our gender balance commitments as well as strengthen our visibility and notoriety as a global brand.

Sodexo’s Gender Balance Study 2018

The goal of Sodexo's Gender Balance Study was to expand previous research on the business case for women in leadership to the business case for parity in representation of men and women in management positions.

The study therefore aimed to test the performance implications of a gender-inclusive work culture, as opposed to a culture in which one gender dominates over the other.

Sodexo’s study took a broader approach by examining women across all levels of management—not just upper-level leadership positions. This wider lens was designed to shed light on the “pipeline” that will ultimately affect gender balance at the top tier of leadership.

Leadership messages

Sophie Bellon“We believe that gender balance fosters creativity and innovation, and ultimately drives better business results. When women reach their full potential, business and society are stronger and more successful.” Sophie Bellon, Chairwoman, Sodexo Board

Denis Machuel“Gender diversity is essential. It is beyond a moral obligation—it’s a business imperative and differentiator. At Sodexo, greater diversity and inclusiveness are part of a cultural transformation that requires time and humility.” Denis Machuel, Chief Executive Officer, Sodexo

Download the Sodexo gender pay report