BURLINGTON, ON, Feb. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Sodexo, the world leader in quality of life services, has been recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers. Mediacorp examined Sodexo Canada's employee network groups, community partnerships and various training and skill development programs for women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered/transsexual (LGBT) peoples and discovered a forward-thinking culture that recognizes diversity as a business imperative.
Sodexo views diversity and inclusion as key development priorities. Through partnerships, awareness and development initiatives such as mentoring and employee networks, the company fosters a culture that embraces differences and celebrates unique talents which in turn becomes a driver of competitiveness and economic performance.
"We have the responsibility to reflect the interests of our diverse workforce and to do so we must strengthen and embed diversity and inclusion deeper within our organization," shares Dean Johnson, President of Sodexo Canada. "Leveraging a diverse workforce is imperative for companies across all industries. Our clients, customers and partners come from all walks of life and accessing the value of their unique knowledge begins with an open mind."
Sodexo believes diversity and inclusion differentiates the company in the marketplace and contributes to a culture of inclusion in the workplace. It drives the company's ability to identify and develop the best talent, create an engaged and committed workforce, and enhance Quality of Life for clients, customers and the communities it serves.
"Our leadership in diversity and inclusion stems from our recognition that being a dynamic company requires people with rich backgrounds and diverse perspectives. After all, we live and do business in a diverse world with diverse needs. At every level, the best performance will come from people who understand and appreciate this," said Dr. Rohini Anand, Global Chief Diversity Officer for Sodexo.
Sodexo is the only company to offer services based on over one hundred professions and is committed to enhancing employee well-being, optimizing work processes and ensuring proper functioning and safety of sites for companies, hospitals, university campuses, remote sites and large worksites.
To learn more about the Sodexo's diversity and inclusion commitments visit: www.sodexo.ca
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 428,000 employees throughout the world.
| Key Figures (as of August 31, 2013)
Sodexo in the World
18.4 billion euro consolidated revenue
18th largest employer worldwide
75 million consumers served daily
11.4 billion euro market capitalization (as of November 13, 2013)
| Sodexo in Canada
1.1 million consumers served daily
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SOURCE: Sodexo Canada
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