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Promoting inclusive growth

Our wide range of training programs and career initiatives actively support economic development and community engagement. For example, we help small local producers improve their processes and capacities, allowing them to tap into even bigger markets.

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We are proud to be a formally Recognised Service Provider proudly working together with the Living Wage Foundation.

Three Sodexo employees sitting at a table and listeningThe commitment means that Sodexo has implemented the UK and London Living Wage for all employees working in its head offices in London, Glasgow, Stevenage, Leeds, Salford and Swindon. It also means that, wherever permitted, the company will submit a Living Wage alternative in all bids and will promote the adoption of the Living Wage to its clients.

During Living Wage Week 2018, Karen Pleva, Sodexo's global head of pharma & life services, was announced as chair of the Living Wage Foundation’s Service Provider forum. Karen joins as chair to lead Sodexo's commitment and support of the Living Wage Foundation and its challenge of the market to accept and implement the the real Living Wage.

Partnering with local businesses

Our Partner Inclusion Program promotes the economic development of diverse and inclusive local businesses. We are proud to support small and medium-sized businesses, suppliers of minority groups, and those with diverse workforces.

Read more about some of our work supporting Small to Medium Enterprise businesses.

Coffee Growers Fund, in partnership with the Fairtrade Foundation

Together with the Fairtrade Foundation, we are helping to improve the food security and empowerment of women, Fairtrade coffee producers' and their families in Peru.

This growers fund was designed in partnership with the Fairtrade Foundation and CLAC, Fairtrade's network of producers in Central and Latin America, in order to incorporate a range of approaches that address the most relevant issues and support for the cooperative members. This includes technical training to improve coffee quality, installation of solar dryers, small animal farming and creation of kitchen gardens.

Hear from Ana Svab, CR manager for Sodexo UK & Ireland on how the project has impacted the coffee growers over the last couple of years

Sodexo supports coffee farmers in Peru