81 days ago
Straight from Sean
Our 2020 fiscal results reflect the financial impact (Coronavirus) Covid-19 is having on our business, despite strong growth in the first half of the year and a continued steady flow of new business wins, particularly in the education and corporate markets. Our financial stability and portfolio mix have directly helped our public and private sector clients to operate safely in these challenging times and build an economic recovery that benefits everyone.
It’s important to me, in this extraordinary year, that we also recognise the dedication of our teams who have worked tirelessly on the frontline to deliver services safely across our business; and the support we have been able to give our people, as well as the absolute commitment we have to helping the communities we serve.
Image: Sean Haley, regional chair Sodexo UK & Ireland
Today, we are proud to publish the progress we have made on the challenging social targets we set ourselves in our 2019 Public Service Pledge. The results outlined in our 2020 Social Impact Report demonstrate the market leading focus we have given to delivering and measuring positive social impact - whether that is the continued efforts of our teams to reduce food waste, employ ex-offenders or the ongoing commitment to support and encourage SMEs into our supply chain.
As a responsible employer we are doing all we can to keep our colleagues safe and to protect their jobs. We continue to redeploy colleagues to hospitals, prisons and other sites that have remained fully operational as well as creating opportunities to transfer their considerable skills into supporting the operation of Covid-19 testing centres across the country.
I am proud of our teams and the way they have responded to the many challenges they have faced during the pandemic. Earlier this month, this was recognised by the IWFM, who presented us with three coveted awards, including one for our team at University of Greenwich for the mobilisation of a brand new IFM contract which began at the start of the national lockdown.
Back in July, I said that we were on the start of the road to recovery. Since then, we continue to navigate the impact of the different Covid-19 restriction levels across the country and support our clients, people, suppliers, communities and the national health infrastructure for managing the pandemic. We are working in close alignment with our clients and our teams to fully support the economic recovery and do so with our priorities firmly placed on ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our people and the communities that we serve.
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