Inside Sodexo's LGBTI+ inclusion strategy

Sodexo’s Pride Network aims to build greater esteem and alliance within Australia and in its global workplaces

Inside Sodexo's LGBTI+ inclusion strategy

There are more than 42,000 employees across Sodexo internationally who identify as LGBTI+.

In support of these workers, Sodexo has launched its Australian Pride Network as part of the company’s ongoing focus on diversity and inclusion.

In particular, Sodexo has prioritised the introduction of this network in Australia. The initiative recognises how a diverse and inclusive work environment emboldens workers to be happier and more fulfilled and productive for the long-term.

The Pride Network aims to build greater esteem and alliance within its global workplaces and was Launched initially to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

This is achieved through raising awareness through communication, education and engagement with leaders and allies of the LGBTI community.

Sodexo Mining Solutions and Innovation Director Paz Avalos said the Pride Network was designed to work in collaboration with the HR department’s policies, while also setting a tone of acceptance throughout the company’s “internal culture and all business endeavours”.

“The Sodexo Pride Network allows us to invest in strengthening the diverse communities we serve and become allies to our LGBTI employees, colleagues, family, friends and wider community,” said Avalos.

“We are deeply touched by the great support and endorsement of this initiative from Sodexo employees and leaders with many already volunteering to champion the network. We are also looking to partner with local NGOs to accelerate our learnings and build influence in the community.”

According to the Human Rights Commission, across Australia 39% of workers still feel the need to hide their sexuality at work due to fear of not being accepted.

Moreover, three in five people continue to experience verbal homophobic abuse because of their sexuality and one in five are experiencing physical abuse.

Avalos added that the company is taking action to make sure Sodexo’s workers feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work.

“We see this initiative as another vehicle to visibly demonstrate our team spirit and strengthen our value proposition to clients as we strive to create work environments that are more inclusive and where people can thrive,” said Avalos.

Aside from sexual orientation and gender identity, Sodexo’s focus on diversity and inclusion includes those who are diverse in culture, generation, disability and origins as part of its ‘Better Tomorrow 2025 corporate responsibility roadmap’.

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