Sodexo awarded Leader status

Disability Confident scheme success

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We’re delighted to announce that Sodexo UK&I has achieved the Government’s Disability Confident Leader status. It’s great news because it’s an external validation of the commitment to promote the recruitment, engagement and development of people with disabilities that we outlined in our Public Service Pledge.

What is the Disability Confident Scheme?

The Disability Confident scheme is designed to help employers recruit and retain people with disabilities and long-term conditions. There are three levels: Disability Confident Committed, Disability Confident Employer and Disability Confident Leader.

How did we achieve the top level – Disability Confident Leader status?

Formed a taskforce

A taskforce of colleagues from D&I, HR and Communications worked together with the Business Disability Forum (BDF), to take Sodexo from Disability Confident Employer status to Disability Confident Leader. The taskforce ensured policies were changed to meet Disability Confident Scheme requirements and made adjustments to online recruitment tools. The group has also launched a reasonable adjustment/accommodation policy, which outlines how employees can request adjustments/accommodations, and where line managers can get support.

Raised awareness

You may remember we promoted a series of awareness-raising activities on the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), including webinars on mental health and invisible disabilities, a campaign featuring some of our employees, plus a series of health and safety moments.

Spread the word

Our head of diversity and inclusion UK&I, Meg Horsburgh, has spoken widely about Sodexo’s commitment, including an appearance on BBC Breakfast reaching an audience of seven million and as a speaker events such as the Disability Innovation Summit, organised by our client at UCL.

Partnered for progress

We also support award-winning schemes to improve employment outcomes for young people with disabilities, such as Ways into Work, and Project SEARCH at several Healthcare contracts including North Devon District Hospital, and Queen’s Hospital, Romford.

Did you know?

Sodexo is committed to providing 100% of our global workforce with access to programmes for people with disabilities by the year 2025.


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