06 Nov 2017
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Celebrating Living Wage Week – Luis’ story

This post was created by Sodexo UK & Ireland corporate responsibility director Edwina Hughes.

Luis Gutierrez is a cleaning supervisor at Sodexo’s London head office, and it is great to hear how his life has changed now he’s paid the real living wage.

When Sodexo became a Living Wage Foundation Recognised Services Provider in 2015, Luis immediately benefitted from the decision to implement UK and London Living Wage for all employees in our Glasgow, Stevenage, Leeds, Salford, Swindon and London offices.

To mark Living Wage Foundation’s Living Wage Week (6 – 11 November), our PR manager Alistair Drummond caught up with Luis on how the living wage has impacted his life both at work and at home (video above).

As a services provider our success relies upon customer-facing employees like Luis – cleaners, waiters, security guards, porters and catering assistants.

With the vast majority of our 34,000-strong workforce employed on client sites, it is vital we work in partnership with our clients to implement the living wage where possible. Therefore, when Sodexo is tendering for a new piece of business, or rebidding a contract, we now include a ‘living wage’ bid, in order to raise awareness with clients and prospective clients.

Some of our biggest contracts in the corporate and public sectors, such as Everton Football Club, GSK, Nestlé, Santander, the Scottish Parliament and University College London are living wage contracts.

However, for many of our contracts, it simply isn’t viable to start paying the living wage overnight. It is important as a ‘people’ business we take a proactive stance on talking to clients about pay and other measures to improve employees’ quality of life.

I am really looking forward to the Living Wage Week service providers’ breakfast briefing at the Aviva Digital Garage in east London on Thursday (10 November).

Managing director of Sodexo Corporate Services Martin Boden will be speaking at the event to share our experience and positive business outcomes of becoming a Living Wage Foundation Recognised Services Provider.

I’ll be facilitating at the event, so hope to hear how other companies and their employees are benefitting from the living wage, just like Luis.

To register for the Living Wage Foundation service providers breakfast briefing on Thursday click here.

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