Sodexo Australia’s Employment Parity Initiative Launch
The Australian Government approached Sodexo to participate in the Employment Parity Initiative (EPI), a governement initiative aimed at increasing national long-term Indigenous employment by 20,000 over the next four years. Sodexo was identified as one of the top 200 companies boasting a strong record of Indigenous employment. The initiative was developed in response to The Forrest Review feedback from Australian businesses which identified the lack of flexibly tailored contracts as a major hurdle of corporate Australia’s ability to help close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
The Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon. Nigel Scullion, commented on Sodexo’s announcement in Perth concerning support for the EPI program.
“The initiative will open up a range of employment opportunities for unemployed Indigenous Australian jobseekers who wish to build a long-term career at Sodexo,” Minister Scullion said. Minister Scullion noted the EPI is a demand-driven initiative targeting companies with the capacity to employ 400 or more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals by 2020. The program offers tailored contracts and funding assistance to Sodexo to help incorporate Indigenous jobseekers into the workforce.
Indigenous employees currently make up 8% of jobs at Sodexo; this initiative aims to increase that to 20% over the next 4 years. This puts Sodexo well above other contractors in the mining sector, with only a handful achieving more than 10% Indigenous employment.