Written By: Sarah OBeirne 18/11/15
Sodexo has launched its new Origins employee network, hosting a panel debate on the issue of racial, cultural and religious diversity at its London HQ, led by Paul Sesay, founder of the National Diversity Awards.
The Origins network aims to encourage inclusivity and cohesion by celebrating the diversity of culture, heritage and beliefs amongst Sodexo’s people and by promoting equal opportunities for all.
Cultures and Origins is one of six target areas within Sodexo’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy and with a diverse workforce of over 138 nationalities represented across Sodexo UK and Ireland, the business says it is committed to improving the representation of minority ethnic groups within its management population, building cultural awareness and competence and creating a work environment in which individuality and individual needs are respected.
Origins will deliver a series of educational webinars and podcasts looking at issues that are relevant to the network. It is just one of several initiatives being undertaken by Sodexo as part of the workstream. Other activities include reviewing job adverts and marketing materials, reviewing recruitment pathways to explore barriers to application/promotion and reviewing talent by ethnicity.
Chris John, Sodexo’s COO, global events and executive sponsor of the Origins network said:
“As a people-based business working across numerous segments and markets, diversity and inclusion is absolutely critical to Sodexo’s success.
“The Origins Network has a really important role to play in promoting racial, cultural and religious diversity within our business. We are hoping to offer a forum for open and honest debate, so the panel event was a great way to kick-start the conversation and engage our teams on these important issues.”
Origins is Sodexo’s third employee network and follows in the footsteps of the Generations and WomenWork networks, which were launched in 2014 and 2010 respectively.
Source: Facilities Management Journal