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D&I Programs and Initiatives

Creating the best, most inclusive workplace experience starts with understanding the diverse needs of our employees. From professional development to work/life balance, when our employees do well, our business does well. Some ways we support the diverse needs of our employees are through our offering of inclusive programs and practices such as: 

 

D&I Learning and Development 

Diversity and Inclusion learning is designed to create a globally inclusive culture that aligns with our values and enables engagement, productivity and innovation in the workplace. Our employees have access to on-demand learning, frontline huddles and virtual instructor-led courses as well as classroom sessions. 

Sodexo’s robust D&I curriculum is ever evolving to keep up with our leaders’ appetite for inclusive best practices. Our course catalog includes offerings to address all dimensions of diversity. More than 5,000 managers participated in D&I learning opportunities during 2019. 

 

Mentoring 

Spirit of Mentoring is a comprehensive talent management strategy that offers continuous development through a variety of programs that build relationships and develop competencies at any career level. Over 2,000 mentoring engagements have been formed through our on-demand Spirit of Mentoring website, where participants engage in mutual learning exchanges with colleagues from across the region. The Spirit of Mentoring initiative creates competitive advantage, as it attracts, engages, develops and retains top talent. 

 

Frontline Employees Strategy 

Sodexo remains steadfast in its commitment to foster an inclusive work culture and environment for all employees despite the challenges associated with our highly decentralized organization. In 2019, over 100,000 frontline employees had access to relevant D&I programming and Huddles through their managers and District INclusion Ambassadors. 

 

Self-ID Campaign 

Sodexo’s multi-year Self-ID campaign is raising awareness about the importance of self-identification to ensure accessibility that supports the hiring and retention of qualified individuals with disabilities. These efforts are continuing to build a culture of inclusivity where employees are able to realize their full potential. 

 

Flexibility 

Sodexo continues to advance a culture of work/life flexibility through its FLOW (Flexibility Optimizes Work) practices. Managers promote open lines of communication and empower team members to request adjustments in their schedule (when), location (where) and/or the manner (how) they work, so long as business needs are met. Not only is FLOW the right thing to do, when employers demonstrate respect in this way, employees gain a greater sense of well-being which enables higher levels of engagement, loyalty and productivity. Of the 1200 managers who responded to a recent “pulse” survey, 78% feel empowered to ask their supervisor for the flexibility they need. Informal flexibility is leveraged on a regular basis by 59% of respondents overall, and by 65% for those in operations roles 

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