Sodexo Canada achieves Women in Governance Parity Certification

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A  focus on gender balanced teams for operational excellence earns Sodexo recognition as a Parity Certified employer


Sodexo Canada’s commitment to supporting a gender balanced workplace has earned recognition by Women in Governance with 2018 Parity Certification.

Sodexo will join 30 other Parity Certified organizations to be honoured at the annual Women in Governance Gala on September 11th at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal.

The Women in Governance Parity Certification helps Canadian organizations increase the representation of women, especially in decision-making and senior management positions. This innovative standard not only assesses parity at the decision-making level but also assesses an organization’s commitment to implementing mechanisms that enable women at all levels to achieve career advancement and create a pipeline of female talent.

The Parity Certification Committee thoroughly researched trends across sectors and formulated a questionnaire with the support of McKinsey & Company and the Quebec Order of Certified Human Resources Professionals (CRHA).

Sodexo in Canada
Sodexo has been delivering On-Site Services in Canada for over 40 years. Recognized as a strategic partner, Sodexo Canada is dedicated to providing Quality of Life Services for clients, their employees and visitors in the corporate, education, healthcare and energy and resources segments. These Quality of Life Services create healthy, safe, and efficient environments allowing individuals and organizations to grow and succeed. Delivering food and facilities management services for over 175 clients, Sodexo is a market leader in Canada in terms of revenue and consumers served, and has been recognized as a top employer for the past six consecutive years. Sodexo Canada is proud to have created the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, an independent charitable organization that has donated more than 1 million meals to at risk youth in Canada since it was founded in 2000.

Sodexo Named a Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Businesses

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Sodexo, a food and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, announced today the company’s recognition as a 2018 Disability:IN Annual Inclusion Award Winner for the Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Businesses for demonstrating outstanding inclusion of Disability:IN-certified, disability-owned businesses; including businesses owned by service disabled veterans; and demonstrated commitment to disability business inclusion in its supply chain processes and supplier diversity program.

“Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected throughout our supply chain,” said Jim Pazzanese, VP Supply Management, Sodexo. “We are proud to lead a diverse supplier program with more than 2,400 vendors, including disabled-owned companies, that mirrors our company’s values and support of local communities. Thank you for recognizing our contributions and awarding Sodexo as a top corporation.”

In addition to the organization’s purchasing efforts and supply chain opportunities, Sodexo has taken an active role within Disability:IN as leaders, mentors and more. Additionally, for the past six years, Sodexo employees that participate in SOAR (the Sodexo Organization for disAbilities Resources) serve as site visitors as part of the certification process for Disability:IN throughout the country. The company’s combined efforts led to its top corporation distinction.

Beyond supplier diversity, Sodexo advocates for disability inclusion through goals, including the organization’s commitment to make 100 percent of their workforce accessible to people with disabilities by 2025.

Sodexo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has been consistently recognized by external organizations and notable diversity publications. Recently, Sodexo was recognized as One of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion, for the fourth consecutive year, by the Disability Equality Index (DEI) — a joint initiative between the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN. Sodexo was also named to Bloomberg’s 2018 Gender-Equality Index (GEI) – its first sector-neutral list of 104 global companies, and recognized on three of FORTUNE Magazine lists in 2017, including World’s Most Admired Companies, Change the World and the FORTUNE 500.

Smile Train India Awarded Oracle Grant for Providing New Smiles to Children Born With Clefts

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Smile Train India, a children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate, announced that they have received a grant from Oracle, a global leader in cloud applications and platform services. The grant will provide free cleft surgeries and comprehensive cleft care to 360 children born with cleft lips and cleft palates in FY 18-19. The cleft treatments will be provided at Hyderabad.

In India, over 35,000 children are born with clefts every year and hundreds of thousands of children with untreated clefts live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking, as they cannot afford the life-transforming cleft reconstructive surgery. Smile Train India’s ‘teach a man to fish’ model focuses on training, funding, and supplying resources for local medical professionals to provide cleft treatment in their own communities. These medical professionals then go on to train other medical professionals, creating a long-term and sustainable system.

Through this sustainable model, Smile Train India has provided over 500,000 free cleft reconstructive surgeries and comprehensive cleft care across India, through a network of 160+ partner hospitals.

“A child born with a cleft needs timely and comprehensive cleft care and our aim is to facilitate the same, free of cost. With Oracle’s support, we will further strengthen our programs in Hyderabad and bring comprehensive cleft care to many more children. We thank Oracle for their generosity and look forward to creating an impact together,” said Mamta Carroll, Vice President and Regional Director-Asia, Smile Train.

“We are proud to support Smile Train India, which transforms children’s lives and life prospects daily, and builds capacity in the local medical community to do more of the same,” said Colleen Cassity, Executive Director, Oracle Corporate Citizenship.

Ekta Kapoor makes it to Variety’s ‘500 Most Influential’!

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From being the Czarina of Indian television, being a producer who changed the game to now being the only woman entrepreneur to bring a revolutionary change on the digital platform, Ekta Kapoor is truly a force to reckon with!

Hence it comes as no surprise that the Balaji head honcho was recently named one of the most influential people in the world by Variety magazine.

Variety Magazine has released its annual list of 500 ‘most influential business leaders shaping the global entertainment industry’ and it features 12 Indian personalities, including Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Aditya Chopra and Karan Johar among other notable names.

Variety 500, which compiles the list of the most influential people, takes into account accomplishments over the previous 12 months. The Variety editorial board selected these 500 people after carrying out extensive research.

The list features 362 personalities from the US, 28 from the UK, 20 from China, 16 from France, 15 from Germany, 12 from India, 8 from Italy, 6 from Spain and 4 from Mexico.

The list of Indians featured in Variety 500 include Punit Goenka – CEO and MD of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd, Ekta Kapoor – MD and Creative Director of Balaji Telefilms, Aditya Chopra – Chairman of Yashraj Films, Kishore Lulla – Executive Chairman of Eros International, Salman Khan – Actor and Producer, Karan Johar – Writer, Director and Producer, Uday Shankar – Chairman of Star India, Siddharth Kapur – President of The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd., Anil Ambani – Chairman of Reliance Group, Subhash Chandra – Founder and Chairman of Essel group, Priyanka Chopra – Artist, Actress and Producer and Mukesh Ambani – Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries.

Ekta’s colossal contribution to television, movie entertainment and now in the digital space with Alt Balaji, she continues to shape and have a huge impact on the Indian culture. The successful producer has explored a variety of genres, set trends and given actors and directors an opportunity to showcase their talent.

Arjuna Capital: Bloomberg Includes Gender Pay Trailblazer Natasha Lamb on Its “50 Most Influential” List

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Investor Activist/Sustainable Wealth Manager Championing Gender Pay Equity in Tech, Banking and Retail Industries Earns Unique Spot in Special Issue of Businessweek; Which Sector is Next?

“The Bloomberg 50” list of the most influential people who defined global business in 2017 – unveiled today in a special issue of Bloomberg Businessweek – recognizes the work of investor activist and sustainable wealth manager Natasha Lamb, managing partner at Arjuna Capital.

Lamb is one of America’s busiest and most successful organizers of gender pay equity shareholder resolutions. In recent years, Lamb has convinced 11 major companies including Apple, Ebay, Expedia, Intel, Starbucks, Nike and Costco to produce wage data and commit to closing the gender pay gap.  Lamb is engaging an additional 12 companies this year from Silicon Valley to Wall Street to Bentonville.  Walmart is up next, as Arjuna Capital prepares to engage the retail giant on gender pay disclosure later this winter.

“With heightened awareness about how women are treated in the workplace, the United States is poised to make historic gains through the shareholder resolution process to close the gender pay gap,” Lamb said.  “This watershed moment should make 2018 the most productive year yet for resolutions advancing women’s rights.  We can’t rely on politicians to stand up for women.  So, investors are taking matters into their own hands—not only because it is the right thing to do, but because encouraging more female leadership leads to better business outcomes.”

Lamb added: “I am honored to be singled out by Bloomberg for this incredible list of influencers and thought leaders.  While my work in shareholder activism and sustainable investing extends beyond gender pay to issues of hate speech, sexual harassment, fake news at online social media giants, and climate change at the likes of ExxonMobil, our most impactful work this year has been focused on closing the gender pay gap.  In such a polarized political environment, it is encouraging to be praised for advancing women’s rights and facilitating more just workplaces across America.”

Arjuna Capital is a national leader in shareholder advocacy on the gender pay equity issue.  Arjuna Capital spearheaded a successful 2015-2017 campaign to get eight out of nine US tech giants, including eBay, Apple, and Intel, to commit to disclose and close the gender pay gap.  An Arjuna Capital campaign targeting the U.S. financial sector – including leading banks, credit card, and insurance companies–is ongoing.

In 2014, Gap Inc. made history by becoming the first Fortune 500 Company to publicly confirm it pays men and women equally for equal work. Nike, Starbucks, and Costco are making similar strides on gender pay equity, but more work remains to achieve true gender equity at these companies and across the industry.

The median income for women working full time in the United States is reported to be 80 percent of that of their male counterparts.  This $10,470 annual disparity can add up to nearly half a million dollars over a career. The gap for African-America and Latina women is 60 percent and 55 percent, respectively.  At the current rate of progress, women will not reach pay parity until 2059.

In selecting its influential people for “The Bloomberg 50” list, Bloomberg places emphasis on recent accomplishments over lifetime achievements. More than half the people selected to appear on the list each year have never been on it before.  In an accompanying video featuring Lamb, Bloomberg notes: “all have made massive contributions in the worlds of business, tech, entertainment, politics, and finance…in the world of finance, it isn’t just a list of CEO’s.  It’s the activist investor getting companies to close the gender pay gap…”

The Bloomberg 50 honorees were selected by the Bloomberg Businessweek team after months of input from many of Bloomberg’s 2,700 journalists and analysts around the globe, leveraging the resources of the Bloomberg Terminal, and represent the most influential thought leaders in business, finance, technology and science, politics, and entertainment. The executives, entrepreneurs, experts, and entertainers on the Bloomberg 50 all have a quantifiable metric underpinning their inclusion.

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