CSR program helps boost engagement

‘Better Tomorrow Plan’ at Sodexo Canada involves, inspires employees
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/20/2011

When Sodexo Canada launched a corporate sustainability program in 2010, it knew it had to get employees on board to make the program a success. The 12,000-employee food services and facilities management company was keen to embrace sustainability as a core commitment and fundamental part of its business strategy. But since it’s such a decentralized company — with 420,000 employees spread across 80 countries and up to 300 locations in Canada alone — employee involvement was important.

“(Sustainability is) a key part of our company but we wouldn’t have seen any of the progress so far around the Better Tomorrow Plan without employee participation in it,” says Chris Roberts, director of corporate citizenship at Sodexo Canada in Burlington, Ont. “It comes back to being decentralized — without that employee support and employees driving this, we wouldn’t have made the progress we have today.”

Just one year after it implemented the program, Sodexo Canada has been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers by Mediacorp Canada and received a green award from Foodservice and Hospitality magazine.