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Sodexo Australia Named #2 in Best Workplaces to Give Back

August 09, 2019

Sodexo, world leader in quality of life services, has been recognised for its commitment to the community, ranking second out of more than 100 Australian companies in Good Company’s “Best Workplaces to Give Back in 2019”.

This is the second year Sodexo has been announced in the list by Good Company, showing the company’s ongoing growth in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). 

The “Best Workplaces to Give Back” campaign recognises the benefits giving back has on communities, as well as its positive impact on employee recruitment and retention. 

Sodexo’s commitment over the past year has included boosting its paid volunteer leave program as well as local and national sponsorships, guided by the company’s Better Tomorrow 2025 CSR roadmap. 

Key actions include Servathon, driven by Sodexo’s global initiative, Stop Hunger, to benefit Foodbank Australia, the country’s largest food relief organisation, and supporting businesses and communities as part of the company’s fifth Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan. 

Each year Sodexo’s employees volunteer for Servathon, while raising funds through personal and corporate efforts for Foodbank.    

Foodbank Australia CEO, Brianna Casey said: “We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support Sodexo, and in particular its staff, provides to Foodbank Australia. The funds raised from the Servathon will enable us to procure food with a retail value of $150,000 for distribution to our charity network. This will help ensure children can start the day with a healthy breakfast, pensioners can enjoy a cup of tea with a friend and families can share a nutritious meal.”

Sodexo also recently launched a partnership with Clontarf Foundation, to help improve education, discipline, self-esteem and employment prospects for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys and men across Australia. 

Sodexo Chief Financial Officer and Country President Mark Chalmers said being recognised in the top five “Best Workplaces to Give Back in 2019” was an exceptional achievement that would be shared across the company. 

Mark Chalmers, CFO and Country President, Sodexo Australia said: “We are proud to continue providing our employees opportunities to give back, while supporting communities from a corporate level. Being named second is remarkable recognition that we are making positive change.”

The “Best Workplaces to Give Back 2019” awards program found that corporates providing paid volunteer leave rose from 87% to 93%, with companies allocating more than $100 per head for volunteering growing from 33% to 44%. 

View the full list of companies at  https://www.bestplacetogiveback.com.au

For more information about Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow 2025 CSR roadmap visit here.

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