Sodexo joins Hispanic Equity at Work certification program, requiring company to develop a three-year racial equity plan that addresses Hispanic employees, to make progress toward Hispanic equity internally and to contribute to Hispanic equity in society

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GAITHERSBURG, Maryland , October 6, 2022 (press release) –

Management Leadership for Tomorrow announced the next chapter of the Racial Equity at Work Certification Programs —MLT Hispanic Equity at Work—which establishes a measurable standard for what it means to be a racially equitable employer for the Hispanic community. The certification aims to bring to light inequities and provide a roadmap to achieving Hispanic equity in the workplace by adopting the rigorous components of the Black Equity at Work program while integrating the key systematic disadvantages Hispanics face.  

Becoming MLT Hispanic Equity at Work Certified requires Sodexo to commit to developing a clear, robust, and comprehensive three-year racial equity plan that addresses Hispanic employees and continuing to hold itself accountable to making significant and measurable progress toward achieving Hispanic equity internally and contributing to Hispanic equity in society.  

We are proud to be one of seventeen inaugural employers to participate in the Hispanic Equity at Work certification program, building on our participation in the MLT Black Equity at Work Certification we started in 2021, Tony Tenicela, Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion said. 

The Certification provides a path for companies to make significant progress towards Hispanic equity by focusing on five core pillars: 

  • Representation at every level
  • Compensation equity
  • Workplace culture
  • Business practices
  • Contributions and investments   

 

Diversity, equity and inclusion are all crucial to creating a culture of belonging. The Black and Hispanic Equity at Work programs require us to hold ourselves accountable to creating an equitable employee experience for our team members at every level of the organization, Valeria Mosconi, Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion shared.  

The certification, which has been carefully developed to meet the needs of the Hispanic community, is specifically focused on facilitating racial justice outcomes by updating representation targets to align with the Hispanic population more accurately. Additionally, the certification recommends practices tailored toward supporting Hispanic-owned vendors, suppliers, and identifying organizations to financially support that progress equity. 

This certificate differs meaningfully from other initiatives by focusing on Hispanic equity, not general DE&I, and by setting clear, measurable standards for what Hispanic equity looks like in an organization; both are critical to achieving sustainable impact in a company and the communities in which the company operates.

 

About Sodexo North America

Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 55 countries. Sodexo provides quality, multichannel and flexible food experiences, but also designs attractive and inclusive workplaces and shared spaces, manages and maintains infrastructure in a safe and environmentally friendly way, offers personalized support for patients or students and even creates programs fostering employee engagement. The company employs 90,066 people at thousands of sites in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam, and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $20B in goods and services from small to large businesses. Sodexo North America is committed to focusing on tangible everyday gestures and actions through its integrated services to create a better every day for everyone and build a better life for all.

 

About Management Leadership for Tomorrow

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) is a national nonprofit working to transform our country’s leadership pipelines and increase access to the American Dream. MLT provides Black, Latinx, and Native American talent with the coaching, playbook, and networks they need in order to excel in high-trajectory careers, secure economic mobility for their families, and become high-impact senior leaders equipped to advocate for vulnerable communities. MLT also provides a comprehensive solution for institutions, which combines best-in-class recruitment, retention, and diversity strategy offerings. Learn more on Management Leadership for Tomorrow's website.

 

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