Sodexo Workplace Diversity Survey: Half of Canadians think their own
employer should do more to ensure that LGBT employees feel comfortable
in the workplace
BURLINGTON, ON, June 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian businesses need to do
more to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered employees
feel welcome and valued in the workplace according to the newly
released Sodexo Workplace Diversity Survey, a Leger poll of employed Canadians.
Two-thirds of the employed adult population (67 per cent) feel more can
be done to welcome LGBT employees. However, the LGBT community is more
likely (81 per cent) to feel that businesses generally need to strive
The survey also found that half of working Canadians (49 per cent)
believe their employer should do more to ensure that LGBT employees
feel comfortable being themselves in the workplace. However, when the
same question is asked of working Canadians in the LGBT community that
number jumps considerably to 59 per cent.
Overall, support for work cultures more welcoming of LGBT employees is
widespread. Nine-in-10 employees (89 per cent) believe that workplace
cultures should welcome all employees, regardless of sexual
When asked about overall workplace diversity, 72 per cent of Canadians
feel that it should be a priority for Canada's business leaders. Again,
in the LGBT community that number jumps significantly to 85 per cent.
"Diversity is a tremendous source of strength for all businesses," said
Dean Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo
Canada. "It's not just the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to
do and is critical in helping Sodexo remain an employer of choice."
Diversity strengthens the workplace
• 81 per cent of working Canadians agree that companies committed to
diversity find it easier to attract and keep the best employees,
compared to 93 per cent of LGBT employees polled.
• 84 per cent agree that workplace diversity helps companies deal
with business challenges by enabling them to access new ways of
thinking and perspectives, compared to 93 per cent of LGBT employees.
• 85 per cent agree that employees working for organizations
committed to diversity and inclusiveness are more likely to have
positive attitudes towards their work and their employer, compared with
91 per cent of LGBT employees.
"These numbers flag the need for more action to create inclusive
workplaces across the country," said Michael Bach, Founder and CEO of
the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion (CIDI). "The fact
that LGBT employees are more skeptical strongly suggests there is still
considerable room for improvement to employer diversity policies."
• 93 per cent of working Canadians believe that employees who feel
comfortable being who they are in the workplace are more likely to
contribute to the success of their company.
• 87 per cent of working Canadians believe that companies that treat
employees equally regardless of sexual orientation, race, culture or
religion are more likely to be successful.
"We envision a nation where LGBT individuals can bring their authentic
and whole selves to work enabling them to achieve their full
potential." said Matt Petersen, Chair of Pride at Work Canada. "It's
important to celebrate the high degree of support among working
Canadians for workplace cultures that welcome LGBT employees, just as
it's vital to highlight and address the areas for improvement."
These are some of the findings of the Sodexo Workplace Diversity
Survey, a survey of 1090 employed (excluding self-employed) Canadians
that was completed online between April 25 and April 30, 2014 using
Leger's online panel, LegerWeb. A probability sample of the same size
would yield a margin of error of +/- 2.9 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
Leger's online panel has approximately 460,000 members nationally -
with between 10,000 and 20,000 new members added each month, and has a
retention rate of 90 per cent.
Sodexo and diversity
Sodexo, the world leader in quality of life services, has been
recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2014. The
company is rife with ambassadors for diversity from the president and
CEO and senior leaders, to managers and employees all across the
organization. This commitment, which is backed by a clear plan of
action, is summed up in Sodexo's philosophy: Improving the Quality of
Life for our clients, their customers, and our employees through
diversity and inclusion.
Sodexo in Canada
Sodexo has been delivering On-Site Services in Canada for over 40 years.
Recognized as a strategic partner, Sodexo Canada has consolidated its
position by providing a range of Quality of Life Services for clients,
their employees and visitors in the corporate, education, healthcare
and remote sites segments. Delivering food and facilities management
services for over 200 clients, Sodexo is a market leader in Canada in
terms of revenue and consumers served, and has been recognized as a top
employer for the past four consecutive years. Sodexo Canada is proud to
have created the Sodexo Foundation, an independent charitable
organization that has donated more than 1 million meals to at risk
youth in Canada since it was founded in 2000.
Founded in 1966 by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo is the global leader in
services that improve Quality of Life, an essential factor in
individual and organizational performance. Operating in 80 countries,
Sodexo serves 75 million consumers each day through its unique
combination of On-site Services, Benefits and Rewards Services and
Personal and Home Services. Through its more than 100 services, Sodexo
provides clients an integrated offering developed over more than 45
years of experience: from reception, safety, maintenance and cleaning,
to foodservices and facilities and equipment management; from Meal
Pass, Gift Pass and Mobility Pass benefits for employees to in-home
assistance and concierge services. Sodexo's success and performance are
founded on its independence, its sustainable business model and its
ability to continuously develop and engage its 420,000 employees
throughout the world.
Key Figures (as of August 31, 2012)
Sodexo in the world
Sodexo in Canada
18.2 billion euro consolidated revenue
420 000 employees
20th largest employer worldwide
80 consumers served daily
75 million consumers served daily
9.5 billion euro market capitalization (as of November 7 2012)
1 million consumers served daily
850+ service solutions
SOURCE: Sodexo Canada
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