How are you encouraging and attracting more women into careers at Sodexo?
Globally, Sodexo launched SWIFT (Sodexo Women’s International Forum for Talent) in 2009. SWIFt is an advisory board (made up of 35 of Sodexo’s most senior men and women) dedicated to ensuring better gender balance at all levels of the organisation and especially for leadership positions, with a strong focus on operational positions with P&L responsibilities.
In the UK and Ireland, we have a gender workstream as part of our diversity and inclusion structure which is led by a senior manager, sponsored by a male member of the Regional Leadership Committee and supported by our dedicated D&I team. The workstream takes actions across our workplace, workforce, marketplace and within our communities. Through the workstream we regularly monitor the gender balance of our workforce, within our candidate pool, and in relation to talent, succession plans, and the attendees at management training programmes and take action where needed.
We have signed up to the Government’s Think, Act, Report initiative and have pledged to undertake regular pay audits and publish our gender pay gap later this year – an action which contributed to our being shortlisted in the BITC Workplace Gender Equality Awards transparency category.
Another element of the workstream is the Women Work Network. The network is open to both men and women and is run by a team of interested parties from across the business (including male and female co-chairs). The network provides networking opportunities, runs developmental workshops and a very successful speaker series which highlights the career paths and lessons learnt by role models.