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Sodexo affirms its commitment to disability inclusion

Sodexo has reinforced its commitment to disability inclusion by joining The Valuable 500, an international initiative striving to put disability on the leadership agenda.

The French multinational food services and facilities management provider has affirmed its ongoing commitment that by 2025, 100 per cent of its workforce will have access to initiatives supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities. This means that each country where Sodexo operates will have:

• A non-discrimination policy about people with disabilities

• Communications to support the inclusion of people with disabilities

• A disability champion amongst its employees to pursue its disability commitment

According to The World Bank, more than 1.3 billion people around the world live with some form of disability. To address this, The Valuable 500 was launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2019. Its goal has been to sign 500 national and multinational, private sector corporations and unite them to serve as role models for change on this vital issue. To date, more than 200 global businesses have signed up.

Denis Machuel, Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo, said: “We are convinced that by mobilising our employees towards a more inclusive growth, we can eliminate misconceptions and biases that hold people with mental or physical disabilities back to make sure everyone can reach their full potential.

“We hope many other companies will join the Valuable 500 initiative to make our collective efforts part of the usual way of doing business going forward.”

Sodexo has also partnered with the International Labor Organisation’s Global Business and Disability Network, which will support Sodexo’s disability inclusion efforts by facilitating the opportunity to learn from and share experiences with other global leaders and provide access to country specific information.

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