armed forces covenantWe were an early signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant.  This initiative commends employers who actively support the Armed Forces community in their workplace and encourages others to follow their lead.  In August 2017, we received the Gold Employer Recognition Award, the highest badge of honour from the Ministry of Defence, in relation to our commitment and support to the UK Armed Forces Community.

We are proud to support the Armed Forces community, providing support to improve the quality of life for our clients, our customers and their families, in a range of diverse ways to meet the complex needs of military life.

Supporting the Armed Forces

Here are some of the other ways we are making a positive difference through our support of the military:

Strong policies to support Reservists

We are committed to being flexible in granting leave to enable employees to train with the Reserve Forces. When circumstances allow, granting additional unpaid leave per year to help reservists support the regular Armed Forces.

Positive recruitment of ex-military personnel

We actively recruit ex-services personnel to help with transition into civilian life and in our Public Service Pledge, as part of our commitment to the Armed Forces, we have pledged to employ at least 200 ex-service personnel each year.

Helping military families

We recognise that regular postings associated with military careers can cause big disruptions to family life so we aim to minimise these kinds of disruptions by providing employment opportunities for the spouses of service personnel who are posted into areas where we have contracts.

Support for Armed Forces charities

We are proud to support a number of service charities, in particular SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. Our 14 year old partnership with them has included volunteering, employee fundraising, sponsorship of some of their key activities and through Sodexo’s Stop Hunger Foundation, we fund SSAFA’s homelessness fund.

Hira Sing Gurung - Kitchen Porter, Sodexo (Tidworth)

“I was in the Gurkha regiment of the Army for 15 years.  When I left, it was hard to find a job outside of the military.  Sodexo was recommended to me by a friend as a positive employer of veterans so I applied for a role in the kitchen team.  I was given translation support by another Nepalese-speaking colleague.  He helped me break down any potential language barriers.  This meant I could concentrate on getting to grips with my new role.  I’ve now been here for eight years and I really enjoy my job.  The team spirit here reminds me of my time in the forces.”

Jamie Thomas – Government Account Manager

“I wanted to work for Sodexo as I felt the values were so aligned to my own - I made the right choice! You don’t often find companies in the modern world were people and quality are still at the heart of what they do.”

Kalpana Gurang – Cleaner, Sodexo (Colchester)

“I am a military wife.  I have been married to my husband for 25 years and he’s a Sergeant in the Army.  Over the years, he’s been all over the world.  A couple of months ago I joined Sodexo as a cleaning operative.  I love my job here and the company was really understanding of my circumstances with supporting my children whilst my husband is serving overseas”