April 2016
Sustainability
Fighting Climate Change: The Time for Action Is Now
Neil Barrett
Neil Barrett

Group Vice President,

Sustainable Development

Sodexo

The COP21 in Paris last December achieved a remarkable accord—for all 196 countries attending to sign the agreement is unprecedented. That’s the good news, and everyone involved should take pride in this accomplishment.

But there’s no time to rest on laurels—the accord was just the beginning.  We must ensure that action follows and is aligned with the promises of that agreement. And though, of course, governments should lead this movement, it is action by the private sector that can make the difference. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
What’s your Game of Thrones Management Style?
Steve Cox
Steve Cox

VP, Public Relations

Sodexo North America

The TV series Game of Thrones, which returned to HBO for a sixth season on Sunday, has hooked millions of viewers with its tale of the power struggle to rule the fictional kingdom of Westeros. With hundreds of characters and about as many plot twists, it’s as much a study of personality types as it is of leadership. The main characters’ paths and struggles can mirror leadership styles we see in our workplaces. Do you recognize yourself, your managers, or your colleagues in any of the leadership types below? (Mild spoilers ahead.)

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Community Engagement
On Earth Day, Partner for a Purpose
Christy Cook
Christy Cook

Director,

Sustainability Performance

& Field Support

Sodexo North America

Each spring, we remind ourselves about the importance of the environment by celebrating Earth Day. It’s a day to focus our attention on preserving the earth by reducing human impact on it.

At Sodexo, we partner with our clients and suppliers to reduce, reuse and recycle. We look for organizations that help us create win-win situations, so that we have a smaller environmental footprint while helping those in need at the same time. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Sodexo’s Commitment to Partnership for a Healthier America: Making Progress
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone

CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide President,
Sodexo North America

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) was established in 2010 to tackle the childhood obesity crisis by transforming the marketplace and our communities. PHA works with the private sector to make healthier choices easier for busy parents and families. The group ensures that commitments made are commitments kept, by working with unbiased third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress its partners are making. In choosing partners, PHA works with companies that want to make meaningful commitments, and that have the breadth and depth to positively impact the quality of life of both children and their families on a daily basis.

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Community Engagement
Volunteering Could Be the Missing Component to Your Workplace Success
Steve Dunmore
Steve Dunmore

CEO, K-12 Schools

Sodexo North America

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

― Winston S. Churchill

Giving back to our communities and to those in need makes our lives more meaningful. Not only do we encourage our kids to do community service while they’re in school, but many people spend weekends doing volunteer work, often through an organized group or a religious institution.

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Health & Wellbeing
5 Things People are Doing Right Now That Can Lead to Diabetes
Jackie Sharp
Jackie Sharp

Senior Manager,

Health & Well-Being

Sodexo North America

 

A recent JAMA study found that half of adults in the U.S. have diabetes or pre-diabetes. But what many people may not realize is that their everyday behaviors could lead to diabetes. Sodexo, as the nation’s largest employer of Registered Dietitians (RDs), is passionate about working with our clients to help prevent diabetes.  There are several habits that people are engaging in right now that could lead to diabetes. A few of these habits include:

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Inclusion
Making Gender Balanced Leadership a Reality
Sophie Bellon
Sophie Bellon

Chairwoman,

Board of Directors of the

Sodexo Group

Recently Sophie Bellon, Chairwoman of Sodexo’s Board of Directors and Lorna Donatone, CEO of Sodexo Schools Worldwide and President of Sodexo North America, were interviewed on the impact of women in leadership at the 2016 Women’s Foodservice Forum Leadership Conference. The article below is a preface, written by Chairwoman Bellon, for the book: Men, Women, Leadership: A User Guide by Valérie Petit & Sarah Saint-Michel.

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Workforce & Workplace
Creating The Lab of the Future: A Shift Toward Agility, Flexibility and Efficiency
Michael Norris
Michael Norris

This is the eighth in a continuing blog series based on insights and findings from the Sodexo 2016 Workplace Trends Report. The Report examines nine key trends impacting business outcomes and affecting the quality of life of employees and consumers in the workplace. To learn more, access the full article: Creating The Lab of the Future: A Shift Toward Agility, Flexibility, and Efficiency

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Community Engagement
Jordan Spieth’s Masters Meltdown Can Teach Us How to Handle a Bad Day at the Office
Steve Cox
Steve Cox

VP, Public Relations

Sodexo North America

On Sunday, golfer Danny Willet of England earned his first Masters win at Augusta National. It was a great day for Willet, whose wife had given birth to the couple’s first child just twelve days before.

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Workforce & Workplace
Spring Awakening: Refresh Your Workplace
Jennifer Williamson
Jennifer Williamson

Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications
Sodexo North America

After the doldrums of winter, spring is a time for change and renewal. That’s why it’s this time of year when many of us think about spring cleaning — getting rid of the old to make way for the new. In the office, spring cleaning can mean clearing off your desk so you can be more organized, or it could mean wrapping up those lingering projects so you can devote your attention to creating new ones. It’s a great time for leaders to help employees refresh their workspaces and re-engage with their work. It could make both you and your employees happier, healthier and more productive.

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Community Engagement
Education is the Promise of a Future
Dan Pelino
Dan Pelino

Today’s learners must be able to think critically, recognize patterns, solve problems and communicate effectively in the workforce and society to be successful.  Sixty-three percent of education leaders state job placement as the leading success factor for higher education, though only 43% of industry leaders indicate higher education is preparing learners with the needed workforce skills.

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Inclusion
Sodexo Study: Gender-Balanced Teams Linked to Better Business Performance
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD

SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

This is the seventh in a continuing blog series based on insights and findings from the Sodexo 2016 Workplace Trends Report. The Report examines nine key trends affecting business outcomes and the quality of life of employees and consumers. To learn more, access the full article: Gender-Balanced Teams Linked to Better Business Performance

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