International 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.
To better understand the importance of gender balance, please discover our special feature, Gender Balance Business News. (Pdf version or Interactive version)
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...