Corporate Responsibility overview 2018

At Sodexo, we consider quality of life to be a key factor in individual and collective performance. We are convinced that an organisation performs better when it operates in a more human way, promoting both the professional and personal fulfilment of its employees. We think people, given the right environment and tools, are a powerful driving force capable of transforming today’s challenges into a multitude of opportunities.

Global Commitments

Our Better Tomorrow 2025 commitments articulate our vision to be a company that truly enhances quality of life, evidenced in our internal targets to reach a global 80% engagement rate, gender balance within our management teams and a culture of environmental responsibility.

Our targets are stretching and run along the same timetable as our corporate strategy Ambition 2025, making them truly part and parcel of our 2025 vision for the company.

Uk & Ireland targets and performance

See how we are performing against our UK & Ireland objectives

Our Uk & Ireland progress highlights

In 2016 we achieved Investors in People silver status across our entire UK and Ireland business, scoring particularly well in areas of leading and inspiring people. In 2017, 14 exceptional sites received Investors in People gold status living the organisation's values and behaviours. IIP said good leadership and people management is consistent across Sodexo, and a 'willingness to invest in the growth and development of its people remains a strikingly positive feature of the organisation'.
Gender balance is vital to the success of our business and our research suggests that gender balanced management groups (with 40-60% women) perform better in the workplace than those management groups that do not fit this balance range. These results reinforce Sodexo's long standing conviction that gender balance is a key driver of business performance - one that affects all parts of the business from growth and profit to engagement and retention.
Sodexo is proud to be a company that shares the same principles as those set out in the Modern Slavery Act of 2015. We believe in the elimination of all forms of compulsory labour, and ensuring slavery and human trafficking does not take place in any part of our business or supply chain. We are showing our commitment to the cause through a range of actions consistent with our position as a world leader in its respect for human rights both within our business, supply chain and beyond.
In 2017, Sodexo published a detailed breakdown of pay variances and pledged to rectify discrepancies across its 35,000 UK and Irish employees. We are the first company of its size and scope to report our gender pay gap at this level of detail. As an early adopter of new UK Government legislation reporting on the Gender Pay Gap, we are committed to equalising our gender pay variance. A clear commitment to gender balance has seen Sodexo included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women for the last five years.
Waste is one of our biggest collective challenges. Tackling it is critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting land and water and improving livelihoods. We believe that less waste means more quality of life and this is why reducing waste is one of our key Better Tomorrow 2025 commitments. WasteLESS Week is a yearly campaign designed to engage employees, clients and consumers to promote best practice and create a platform to support sustainability. In 2017, 501 of our sites actively participated in WasteLESS Week across the UK and Ireland business helping us to reach our green goals and improve the way we handle waste daily.