BURLINGTON, ON – Sodexo Canada's commitment to diversity, inclusion and a focus on gender equality has helped the company earn WEConnect International's 2018 Corporation of the Year Award in Canada.
The award is presented each year to a corporation that demonstrates exemplary support for the inclusion of women-owned businesses in their supply chains and innovative approaches to creating new avenues for inclusion in Canada.
"Through its policies and programming, Sodexo Canada has demonstrated a firm commitment to ensure supplier diversity and inclusion is top of mind across its organization," says Chelsea Prescod, Country Director for WEConnect International in Canada. "Sodexo's focused training and education programs that highlight the importance of developing inclusive procurement strategies with women-owned businesses vaults the company into a leadership position."
An example of Sodexo's work to support women-owned businesses includes rolling out its first virtual "meet the member event" with the goal of engaging and expanding its supply chain across Canada.
"This award is a result of our relentless effort to measure and track the work we do to ensure women-owned businesses are included in sourcing opportunities across Canada," says Elizabeth Auceda, Supplier Diversity Manager, Sodexo Canada. "We have more work to do to support and mentor other companies. We look forward to partnering with WEConnect International to continue the momentum."
In 2017 Auceda was recognized as one of Canada's most influential women in human resources and diversity by DiversityCan Magazine. Information about the awards and the 2017 Top Influential Women in HR & Diversity can be accessed here.
Sodexo in Canada
Sodexo has been delivering On-Site Services in Canada for over 40 years. Recognized as a strategic partner, Sodexo Canada is dedicated to providing Quality of Life Services for clients, their employees and visitors in the corporate, education, healthcare and energy and resources segments. These Quality of Life Services create healthy, safe, and efficient environments allowing individuals and organizations to grow and succeed. Delivering food and facilities management services for over 175 clients, Sodexo is a market leader in Canada in terms of revenue and consumers served, and has been recognized as a top employer for the past six consecutive years. Sodexo Canada is proud to have created the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, an independent charitable organization that has raised over $3 million to fight hunger and donated more than 1 million meals to at-risk youth across Canada since 2007.
Sodexo in Canada
About WEConnect International:
WEConnect International is a 501(c)(3) organization that identifies, educates and certifies women's business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with multinational corporate buyers. WEConnect International members represent over $1 trillion in annual purchasing power and a deep commitment to supplier development and inclusive sourcing. Since 2009, WEConnect International has led the movement towards global supplier diversity and has supported members with developing and growing their own global inclusive sourcing efforts. The result is a network of corporate buyers working with women business owners based in over 100 countries that are learning, collaborating and winning billions of dollars in new business. For more information, please visit the website here.
Source: Sodexo in Canada