The right balance

Gender Balance Business NewsInternational Women’s Day, held every year on March 8, is the opportunity to celebrate and recognize the role of women in society, politics and the economy.

For Sodexo, it is the chance to increase the visibility of its commitments to Diversity and Inclusion and more specifically how it supports the advancement of women at every level of the organization.

This year, Sodexo highlights the fundamental link existing between gender balance and social and economic performance. Just like many international studies have demonstrated it before, Sodexo knows that with a better balance between men and women the Group is stronger, more innovative and better at serving its 75 million consumers worldwide.

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Progressing towards equality

Women represent 54% of Sodexo’s workforce. Convinced that fostering the advancement of women, nurturing their talent and, more generally, encouraging gender balance is of vital importance, Sodexo has long placed gender equality at the heart of its strategy and performance.

SWIFt is primarily focused on women in operational roles, positions in which women are traditionally underrepresented. The initiatives launched by SWIFt have made the difference: in 2009 a mere 10% of operational positions were filled by women. That number has increased to 17% in 2013.

The Group carries out an ambitious and global ambitious including among others: training and awareness initiatives, mentoring, developing gender balance networks...


Women at Sodexo represent:

  • 38% of the Board

  • 43% of the Global Executive Committee (as of January 20, 2014)

  • 23% of the Top 300 Executives

  • 43% of Middle Managers

  • 54% Total Workforce

(source Sodexo, fiscal 2013)

The representation of women is increasing

Michel Landel, Group CEO, has made the commitment that Sodexo will reach 25% of women in its Top 300 population by 2015. Since 2009, this number has increased from 17% to 23%.

Furthermore, Michel Landel launched in 2009 Sodexo Women’s International Forum for Talent (SWIFt). Comprising 34 senior managers from 15 different nationalities and all areas of the organization, its objective is to improve gender balance and the advancement of women at every level of the organization.