With more than 10% of its 30,000 strong UK workforce operating in the region, Sodexo has been working with Charter for over 12 months in order to gain supporter status. To achieve the status Sodexo provided evidence that the organisation fully supports the Charter’s seven characteristics of good employment:
- Secure work
- Flexible work
- Engagement and voice
- People management
- Health and wellbeing
Such examples include Sodexo’s commitment to the Living Wage Foundation, award winning apprenticeship programmes and an online learning platform available to all Sodexo colleagues.
Sean Haley, regional chair at Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “As a large Greater Manchester employer, we take great pride in joining a Charter that champions responsible employment practices and supports sustainable growth. We have a shared ambition of creating good jobs for all, with real opportunities to help people belong and thrive in roles that provide service excellence, and contribute to the local community and economy.”
Sodexo’s Corporate Services business also has colleagues based at city region sites such as AstraZeneca, while its sports and leisure business, Sodexo Live! is the venue partner for Wigan Athletic FC.
Sodexo has long been committed to creating employment opportunities and enabling colleagues to thrive through local career pathways, apprenticeships, kickstarting careers for students, and filling job vacancies with those from an offending background where appropriate.
Ian MacArthur, director at The Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter, added: “It’s an absolute pleasure to welcome a major regional employer like Sodexo to the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter.
“Good employment must be at the heart of any effort to level up our places, improve conditions for employees and create better working environments. I would like to welcome employers of all sizes and in all sectors to join Sodexo and get involved.”