Sodexo supports Pride and IDAHOBiT
The Karara team pictured above take a ‘Pause for reflection’ on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBiT).
17 May 2017
IDAHOBiT was created in 2004 to draw the attention of political leaders, policymakers, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans (LGBT) people around the world. The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia is not one centralised campaign; rather it is a moment that everyone can take advantage of to take action. Sodexo marked the day with a team reflection, fostering acceptance and understanding by sharing their personal experiences.
The theme for IDAHOBiT 2017 “Love Makes a Family” Each year IDAHOBiT selects a different theme relating to homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia. This year is Love Makes a Family. Families are at the heart of all of our lives. Whether it’s the family we grew up with or the families we have built as adults. Whether they are families of biology or families of choice. We are all part of “families”, and those families, however, we define them, influence all aspects of our lives. In 2017, the focus is on “families” and it will particularly spotlight the following: The role of families in the physical and emotional well-being of LGBTIQ people and the social and legal recognition of Rainbow Families, the families where at least one parent is LGBTQI.
Health and Safety is a key priority for Sodexo, and this includes mental health and wellbeing. Some social factors which can contribute to mental health and wellbeing issues for LGBT people are the experiences of Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia in the form of bullying and harassment. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity is one of six key workstreams which makes up Sodexo’s approach to Diversity and Inclusion. Sodexo promotes a company culture which is accepting of all diversities, visible and non-visible. Through networks and partnerships, it strives to create a safe environment in which all employees can “bring their whole self to work”.
Sodexo has created a global task force made up of committed employees called the PRIDE Global Network Group. Over the past 4 years, the PRIDE group has been a catalyst of change for Sodexo LGBT employees by creating a sustained and accepting environment. The mission of Sodexo PRIDE is to increase awareness of non-visible diversities dimensions and educate the organization on the issues that LGBT employees can face on the job. To do so, Sodexo PRIDE will foster an environment of open communication in the workforce, develop and support LGBT chapters worldwide, and ensure the visibility to our LGBT representation wherever the Group operates. Doing so allows everyone to bring their authentic selves to work each day so Sodexo can continue improving the Quality of Life of its customers, clients, and communities.
Sodexo is proud to be globally recognised for its commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace:
- Sodexo ranked #6 on DiversityInc’s 2017
- ‘Top 50 Companies for Diversity’ list – Globally.
- This year marks our 9th year being recognized as a top 10 company on the list.
- Prominently ranked on the following DiversityInc Specialty Lists:
- #2 Top 13 Companies for Diversity Councils
- #5 Top 12 Companies for Recruitment
- #7 Top 12 Companies for People with Disabilities (NOD)
- #15 Top 15 Companies for Mentoring
- Top Companies for LGBT Employees list
- Top Companies for Global Diversity list