Sodexo has been named as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women for the sixth consecutive year. The unranked list is published in partnership with Business in the Community, which is part of the Prince’s Responsible Business Network. The list recognises employers who make gender equality part of their business strategy at all levels.
The Top 50 employers underwent a comprehensive assessment process managed by Business in the Community’s gender equality campaign. The assessment focused on transparency, the causes behind gaps, what companies are doing to address these issues and the impact of their actions.
Gender equality is a key priority for Sodexo, demonstrated by its global targets, which includes a commitment to ensuring 100% of employees work in gender-balanced teams and representation of women in senior leadership positions reaches 40% by 2025 (currently 33%).
The caterer’s own Gender Balance Study showed that management teams with a 40% to 60% gender split in either direction were more effective across a number of areas. Specifically, they demonstrated improved performance in terms of profit, employee engagement, health and safety, and client retention.
Sean Haley, regional chair of Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “The business case for gender equality remains crystal clear to us; it is not only the right thing to do, it helps drive our business performance too. We believe that progress on gender equality will only happen when your workplace culture is truly inclusive and we will continue to work towards building a workplace where everyone can flourish. We are proud to be listed as one of the Top 50 employers for the sixth year.”
Chloe Chambraud, director of gender equality for Business in the Community, added: “Congratulations to all of the organisations who have been named as Times Top 50 Employer for Women this year. Your relentless work to make your workplace more diverse and more inclusive deserves to be recognised and celebrated. We are delighted to see a growing number of employers supporting men to take on more caring responsibilities and tackling the root causes of gender inequality.”