Chelsea Prescod, WEConnect International (left) and Elizabeth Auceda, Sodexo Canada. (CNW Group/Sodexo Canada)
BURLINGTON, Ontario – Sodexo Canada has earned WEConnect International’s 2018 Corporation of the Year Award in Canada.
The award is presented each year to a corporation that demonstrates exemplary support for the inclusion of women-owned businesses in their supply chains and innovative approaches to creating new avenues for inclusion in Canada.
“Through its policies and programming, Sodexo Canada has demonstrated a firm commitment to ensure supplier diversity and inclusion is top of mind across its organization,” says Chelsea Prescod, country director for WEConnect International in Canada.
“Sodexo’s focused training and education programs that highlight the importance of developing inclusive procurement strategies with women-owned businesses vaults the company into a leadership position.”
An example of Sodexo’s work to support women-owned businesses includes rolling out its first virtual “meet the member event” with the goal of engaging and expanding its supply chain across Canada.
“This award is a result of our relentless effort to measure and track the work we do to ensure women-owned businesses are included in sourcing opportunities across Canada,” says Elizabeth Auceda, supplier diversity manager, Sodexo Canada.
“We have more work to do to support and mentor other companies. We look forward to partnering with WEConnect International to continue the momentum.”
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 created the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, an independent charitable organization that has raised over $3 million to fight hunger and donated more than 1 million meals to at-risk youth across Canada since 2007.