As a Family Inclusive Accredited workplace, Sodexo Australia is wholeheartedly committed to accelerating the achievement of gender equality and pay equity. We are proud of our ongoing efforts and unwavering determination to close the gender pay gap, establish balanced representation, and promote gender inclusion at all levels. 

Sodexo’s own Gender Balance Study found a direct correlation in business performance and employee engagement in gender balanced management teams. Sodexo surveyed 50,000 managers from over 70 entities as part of the study, which revealed that teams with a male-female ratio of between 40 percent and 60 percent out-performed on financial and non-financial indicators. 

Sophie Bellon“We believe that gender balance fosters creativity and innovation, and ultimately drives better business results. When women reach their full potential, businesses and society are stronger and more successful.”  - Sophie Bellon, Chairwoman of Sodexo’s Board of Directors

"Gender balance is a strategic imperative at Sodexo. We welcome the new reforms to the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 and gender pay gap visibility to accelerate parity across the private sector. We will continue to measure our progress by conducting a biennial gender pay gap audit as well as participating in Sodexo Group’s global biennial gender pay gap audit.

As of the April 2022 to 31 March 2023 WGEA reporting period, our current median total remuneration gender pay gap is 13% compared to our industry group which sits at a 17% gender pay gap.  Our internal analysis has highlighted that we need to do further work in eliminating the pay gap in particular job families such as trades.

Our key management roles are filled by women at a rate of 53%, well above the industry average of 33%. This reflects our belief that gender doesn't affect position or the promise of progress. While we recognise this achievement, we also acknowledge that the presence of fewer women in senior roles and more women in part-time positions contribute to the pay gap, which we are committed to addressing.

Various factors contribute to this gap and our workforce composition—we know it's not a simple issue, and that meaningful change takes time. We have strategies in place to target these key areas including Spirit of Inclusion training, gender-responsive family policies, mentorship, development programs, and our SoTogether gender network.

A workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging and has the opportunity to thrive is essential to our collective success. We are deeply committed to making Sodexo an attractive and inclusive workplace for women, as evidenced by our recognition as a Family Inclusive Accredited workplace, and as a Top 10 Best Workplace to Give Back.”

keith_weston.jpgKeith Weston
Managing Director – Sodexo Australia


Action Plan to Address Gender Pay Gap at Sodexo

Despite progressive strides, we acknowledge that more work must be done to proactively address the gender pay gap. Sodexo has established a global strategy for gender equality, to ensure opportunities for the advancement of women. 

This strategy forms the basis for a number of initiatives in Australia, including inclusive workplace training, mentoring, and gender networks targeting key areas:

Sodexo remains steadfast in our commitment to gender equality. Through continued transparency, key interventions, and continuous improvement, we strive to build not only a better workplace, but a better society where everyone can thrive. 

Closing the Gender Gap

Closing the gender gap is an integral part of Sodexo’s long-term commitment to promoting equality. We strive to foster a culture of gender equity, placing a strong emphasis on enhancing the individual and professional growth of people of all genders.

AREEA Female Role Model Toolkit

The challenges women have overcome are only one small facet of what unifies them. The larger (and more important) aspect is their whole-hearted belief that by leading from the front, setting the example, and empowering their teams, real change and gender equity can be achieved.

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International Women’s Day

International Women's Day (IWD) is traditionally a day dedicated to the celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present and future. Celebrated each 8 March worldwide, IWD is the opportunity to showcase the work we are doing with our gender balance commitments.

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Workplace Gender Equality Report

In accordance with the requirements of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, Sodexo has lodged its annual report with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) outlining the gender composition of our workforce. The WGEA report informs different strategies and policies to support gender equality and address the gender pay gap.

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Commitment to End Gender-Based Violence

As a company deeply invested in supporting social justice and ensuring the safety of all employees, Sodexo passionately advocates for gender equality and the eradication of gendered violence in all its forms.

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UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

Proudly committed to the UN Women's Empowerment Principles since June 2015, Sodexo stands as signatories supporting a diverse and inclusive future for all. The UN Women's Empowerment Principles exemplify the importance of gender perspective in good corporate citizenship and sustainable development.

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