One of the country’s biggest catering and service firms has achieved ‘Leader’ status in the UK Government’s Disability Confident scheme.
Sodexo, which employs 35,000 people in the UK and Ireland, said the accreditation is an external validation of its commitment to promote the recruitment, engagement and development of people with disabilities.
A key element of the accreditation is to show leadership, to challenge and to share best practice.
In order to do this, Sodexo has continued to partner with external organisations, such as Ways into Work, and clients to support people with disabilities to develop employability skills and secure employment.
Achieving Leader status endorses work undertaken across the business and by the Sodexo UK & Ireland Disability taskforce, made up of Diversity & Inclusion, HR and communications colleagues who have been working to ensure thinking about disability becomes further integrated into policies, practices and behaviours.
Over the past 18 months, the taskforce has driven activities, such as the launch of a companywide reasonable adjustment/accommodation policy and process, following an employee consultation which outlines how employees can make requests, and where line managers can get support.
It has also added accessibility information to the recruitment website so people can understand how to amend the font size and background, as well the launch of a dedicated email address for anyone experiencing accessibility issues when making an online application.
Back in 2015, Sodexo globally committed to providing 100% of its workforce with access to programmes for people with disabilities by 2025.
The company has also signed up to the Global Business and Disability Network, part of the International Labour Organisation.