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Empowering Pride at Sodexo

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On 29 January, the week LGBT History Month starts, the Sodexo UK & Ireland Pride network hosted an evening event called ‘Personal Stories and productivity - the importance of LGBT+ inclusion’ for the Sodexo’s leadership team at the London head office.

The event welcomed award winning Pips Bunce to tell their personal story of being gender fluid and open the floor to discussion about the importance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) inclusion and the impact of Ally programs in business.

Pips is gender fluid and non-binary so identifies with both genders under the trans umbrella. Non-binary is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity doesn’t sit comfortably with ‘man’ or ‘woman’. Non-binary identities are varied and can include people who identify with some aspects of binary identities, while others can reject them entirely.

Pips is director and head of global markets technology core engineering strategic programs at Credit Suisse and also co-chairs the firm’s LGBT+ & Ally Program. The aim of the Ally program is to encourage an inclusive work culture where all are encouraged to bring their whole self to work and to promote authenticity in the workplace regardless of gender identity, gender expression or sexuality.

You can find out more about Pips’ inspirational story on the Sodexo Diversity & Inclusion blog.

Did you know:

  • LGBT+ employees have an up to 30% increased productivity rate when they are their authentic self
  • 73% of non-out LGBT are more likely to leave the workplace in less than three years compared to those that are out
  • 62% of graduates go back into the closet when they join the workplace
  • A third of LGBT+ people fear colleagues would treat them differently if they were out in the workplace
  • 90% of trans individuals have experienced harassment in the workplace
  • 75,000 young adults are bullied in UK every year for being LGBT+
  • In the UK, 21,000 of those bullied young adults then go onto attempt to take own life

At Sodexo, we know that each one of our employees has something unique to offer. By embracing diversity and creating a workplace where we all feel included and comfortable being ourselves, we can all work better together.

Laura Burgess - Pride Event

Pictured: Laura Burgess, HR director for Schools & Universities at the event

Nia Jordan, deployment manager and co-chair of the Sodexo UK & Ireland Pride network commented on the event, I was delighted to welcome Pips Bunce to be our guest speaker at this week’s event. Pips spoke openly and candidly about the importance of driving ‘inclusion’ in an organisation and how without inclusion we cannot be ‘diverse’. Pips shared some statistics on increased productivity in a work force when our LGBT+ colleagues feel they can be authentic and their whole selves at work.”

The Sodexo UK & Ireland Pride network turns three years old this LGBT History Month and continues to lead on LGBT+ inclusion for everyone Sodexo works with. The network recognises that Sodexo needs positive allies and visible role models to support LGBT+ inclusion.

LGBT+ people & Allies can join the Pride network - apply for your very own Pride lanyard to help send a clear and positive message! Click here to join the Pride network and get involved!

All Sodexo employees from across the UK and Ireland are welcome to join the Diversity & Inclusion networks.


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Pride Netwokrk Event

Empowering Pride at Sodexo

On the week LGBT History Month starts, a Sodexo UK & Ireland Pride network event welcomed award winning Pips Bunce, to tell their personal story of being gender fluid and the importance of LGBT+ inclusion in business