Video : Sodexo UK & Ireland launch their Pride network


On 10th February 2016, Sodexo UK & Ireland launched their fourth Diversity and Inclusion network, Pride. The network has been created to ensure that we, as a company, create an inclusive environment for LGBT colleagues and their allies. The launch event at their London HQ was attended by 100 Sodexo employees and supporters and had the full backing of the most senior people in the business. There was no escaping the launch at their HQ, with their restaurant hanging lots of Pride flags from the ceiling and strong branding and posters adorning walls and windows around the building.

The colourful event was hosted during LGBT History Month and was opened by Sodexo Group CEO Michel Landel. He discussed his global vision for LGBT inclusion at Sodexo and said : “I am proud to be here today to support our colleagues working globally to champion LGBT inclusion. I firmly believe in the importance of bringing your whole self to work – it is critical for the engagement of our employees and allows our organisation to continue to foster an inclusive culture. The launch of this network in UK and Ireland marks an important milestone in our journey – it means that 65% of our global employee population now works in countries with a Pride chapter, and this percentage will continue to climb.”

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Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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