Information Systems & Technology,
Sodexo North America
ISO:55000 sounds like the name for the latest addition to the Star Trek fleet, but it’s actually the international gold standard in facilities asset management. This sounds a lot less exciting, unless, like me, you are focused on improving the Quality of Life for clients and customers in their buildings through an improved Asset Management Framework (AMF). For me, ISO:55000 certification is not only exciting, it’s the pinnacle of achievement! (more…)
No matter where you work, it’s likely that you have a boss that manages you. What you may not realize is that not only does your boss manage you, but you can manage him or her as well. Being able to positively manage up can make your life at work easier and happier, but it has other benefits as well. A good manager can advocate for you to get the opportunities you want, whether it’s being put on a new project or getting a promotion. (more…)
Sodexo North America
Imagine that you are the mayor of a major U.S. city. How would you handle the very real challenges of city life, fed by a news cycle of endless stories of poverty, crime, failing schools and infrastructure issues? (more…)
Monitoring an enterprise’s key performance indicators (KPIs) in a challenging economic environment makes the difference between profitability and loss, exceeding or failing stakeholders’ expectations, success or failure. Agility is essential, but challenging to achieve without a comprehensive platform that enables executives to see the whole picture as well as each component in real time. Sodexo’s Client Intelligence Portal (CIP) platform integrates and aligns all information and operational data, creating a “one stop shop” that aligns to current and future expectations. (more…)
Last night was an historic comeback win for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but what was really impressive and a lesson for us all, was the nature of the Cavs’ comeback. Psychologically, when you’re already behind, winning can become even harder. That’s a lesson that’s as true on the basketball court as it is in the office. (more…)
Tickets are hard to come by for the Broadway show “Hamilton,” which won the Tony Award for Best New Musical Sunday night. But that hasn’t stopped it from becoming a sensation across the country, with many people listening to its soundtrack on repeat. Much of its popularity comes from the innovative way it blends American history with a hip-hop-meets-show-tunes soundtrack. (It’s not every day you hear cabinet meetings imagined as rap battles.) Yet part of what makes the story so compelling is its real-life hero, Alexander Hamilton, who was talented and flawed in equal parts. (more…)
Danone North America
Last night I was the lucky representative of more than 1,500 colleagues here in the U.S. at Dannon and 100,000 Danoners around the world to receive Sodexo’s recognition as this year’s Hunger Champion. We are deeply grateful for our collaboration in business and for the equally important role we play together to make the world a better place.
Our commitment to quality of life begins with the values we share with Sodexo – that is the foundation of the relationship we enjoy together in business and in pursuit of our social priorities. Danone’s focus on improving quality of life is centered on bringing health through food to as many people as possible.
Here in the U.S., many Americans understand that we have a major obesity problem, however, fewer understand that we have an equally alarming hunger problem. They are flipsides of the same coin and we’re passionate about both. This drives our commitment to educate Americans about the benefits of eating yogurt every day as part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle, as well as doing what we can to provide access to nutritious foods to families across the country struggling with hunger.
In addition to donating millions of pounds of yogurt to Feeding America, last year we started a new program called Sack hunger to engage our consumers and it was successful beyond our greatest expectations. The 1.6 million meals we helped to put on the plates of Americans was more than double our goal not only because of the enthusiastic response from our consumers but from our employees, who reached into their own pockets to add over 550,000 meals to the donation tally. In addition to this, our teams across the U.S. packed by hand over 600,000 nutritious meals for their local Feeding America network food banks. To me, that is the truest demonstration of values in action.
And while we are in the midst of a growing movement, a food revolution, we are guided by our Manifesto, which is really just our mission in action, and it is comprised of three major priorities focused on alimentation, the food and water cycle, and of course our people and organization.
Alimentation is not a commonly used word in English but to us at Danone it translates into our belief that food is health’s most powerful ally. By encouraging healthy diets and lifestyles, we’re nourishing life – meeting the needs and wants of every consumer at each of life’s milestones, with products that respect local cultures. Our aim is promote healthier eating habits, and selling products is only the start.
And for the food and water cycle, we want to strengthen Danone’s ability to protect and optimize our essential resources – water, milk and plastic – and secure our license to operate in a cycle-oriented way. This is one reason why we recently announced our pledge to sustainable agricultural practices, with more naturality in three of our flagship brands, as well as more transparency in how we communicate.
And for our organization and people, we want to build a more solid organization that is better adapted to today’s challenges, with the contribution of our 100,000 Danoners.
Also in the area of growing leaders and diversity, this spring we piloted a new program in Fort Worth and New York City called Girls 4 Tomorrow. Nearly 100 girls from 25 higher needs schools came together with nutrition leaders, business experts and special guests to take part in a unique workshop designed to help them think and act like entrepreneurs to create, develop and refine their ideas aimed at improving health and wellness in their schools. The girls pitched their ideas to a panel of judges, and grants were awarded to 24 winning pitches to help make those ideas a reality. These are our future leaders.
Thank you to the entire Sodexo team for the recognition as this year’s Hunger Champion – and for all the collaboration still to come.
Antoine Remy is the Vice President Food Service for The Dannon Company and Business Development Danone Dairy North America. Antoine is responsible for successfully delivering long-term sustainable and profitable growth in our U.S. Food Service division, as well as nurturing business development opportunities for Danone Dairy North America. The Dannon Company was recently honored at the 17th Annual Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Dinner as a 2016 Hunger Champion.
I don’t know if we will ever be able to make sense of the tragic events that took place in Orlando this weekend. Like most people, I am struggling with frustration, grief, anger and the senselessness of it all. While I can rationalize this was the act of one very disturbed and delusional individual and that the world is filled with good and decent people, I am still reminded that hate remains pervasive. During this time of unspeakable sadness, during a month that we celebrate and commemorate the LGBT Community, I want to reinforce the importance of coming together to educate, inform and take a stand against hatred. In our communities, in our workplaces, in our families and in our places of faith I encourage you to use your voice to promote understanding and acceptance. Love can conquer hate, but it is up to us to sow the seeds of goodness, compassion, acceptance and grace. (more…)
While expanded globalization is swiftly increasing the competitive landscape for most businesses, it is also creating many more opportunities (and choices) for top STEM talent. The U.S. Department of Commerce projects that STEM occupations will grow by 17 percent between 2008–2018, compared with only 9.8 percent for non-STEM fields. In addition, the nonprofit Science Pioneers, expects demand for STEM professionals to add more than 1 million jobs to the U.S. workforce over the next four years. Compare this with the number of bachelor degrees in STEM-related fields, which has remained relatively flat for nearly 20 years, and you can clearly see the talent-gap most businesses will have to deal with. To make matters worse, the U.S. Department of Education reports that only 16 percent of high school seniors are interested in pursuing STEM careers. (more…)
Sodexo North America
For a long time the primary focus of marketers has been on reaching Millennials. But, to get ahead of current trends, companies need to turn their attention to the next generation on the horizon—Generation Z (Gen Z). Although Gen Z is relatively young – Demographers place its beginning anywhere from the early ’90s to the mid-2000s according to a 2015 article in the New York Times, they already have nearly $44 billion in spending power and make up over a quarter of the U.S.’s population. This new wave of tech savvy, responsible and authentic individuals calls for a different style of marketing to catch their attention. (more…)
“Food is national security. Food is economy. It is employment, energy, history. Food is everything.” — Chef José Andrés
Food is an integral part of our everyday lives. However, the sad reality for many families is that the ability to provide one of life’s basic necessities to their children is barely, if at all, feasible. While programs put into place during the school year take the strain off of parents and caretakers only about 18 percent of eligible students participate in summer feeding programs according to the United States Department of Agriculture. (more…)
Every day, I see incidents and injuries around me waiting to happen. Maybe I’m clairvoyant. Or perhaps I have a heightened sense of awareness because I lead the North American Safety team for a global organization. (more…)
While most kids can look forward to a carefree summer of sun and fun, for too many children the end of the school year means they are hungry. During the academic year, 22 million kids receive free and reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches through their schools, relying on them as their primary source of nutrition.
It’s a shocking reality that, in the wealthiest country in the world, for many kids, their school is the most dependable source of food that they have throughout the week. During weekends, holidays and the summer when schools are closed, that reliable source of nutrition is no longer available. It becomes harder for parents to make ends meet during the summer months, when grocery expenses alone can increase by more $300 per month. And when school lets out for the summer, only 3.8 million kids participate in summer meal programs. That means 86% of those eligible may not have regular access to nutritious meals during the summer months. By any measure, this is unacceptable.