Sodexo has been awarded a Gender Equality for European & International Standard (GEEIS) SDG Trophy for an initiative that creates safe spaces to support female employees who are victims of domestic abuse in Brazil.
Under the scheme, specially trained volunteer employees who are known as “fairies” provide psychological and legal support to their female colleagues. The programme has already helped more than 100 women and saved 5 from imminent risk.
GEEIS, an internationally recognized label for gender equality and inclusion, worked with Arborus, an international non-profit organization, to create the GEEIS-SDG Trophy. The scheme is funded by the Arborus Fund which aims to demonstrate that equality is the central pillar of all other actions that support sustainable development and highlight the role business has on Sustainable Development Goals. GEEIS-SDG is in line with Goal 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which promotes equality between women and men. To date, 15 international companies have received GEEIS certification, representing 200 legal entities worldwide and 37 countries covered by the label.
Carrefour, Danone, Inditex, Keolis and L’Oreal were also recognised for their commitment to equality and their positive contribution to communities everywhere at a ‘Europa Experience’ event held on 21st November in France.
Sodexo is a GEEIS-certified company, a member of the Arborus Foundation, and a signatory of the international conventions of the Global Compact and Women’s Empowerment Principles. In previous years, Sodexo received a GEEIS-SDG trophy in 2019 for an initiative in Brazil with the Paraisópolis Project in Sao Paolo. Other efforts towards gender equality in Sodexo Group, France, India, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates have also been certified by GEEIS.