I’m often asked what Quality of Life means to Justice Services and for me one of the best examples is our Working Prisons initiative at HMP Northumberland – our commitment to help prisoners change their lives for the better by providing them with meaningful activity while they serve their sentences and the skills to improve their chances of employment when they leave.
This year Sodexo’s Salon Culinaire took place at Ascot Racecourse on 21 October, serving up an exciting day of culinary expertise.
Fast becoming one of the largest events of its kind in the UK, this year’s Salon Culinaire saw live cooking competitions with over 900 Sodexo colleagues competing and demonstrating why Sodexo has a culinary heritage to be proud of.
Recent newspaper headlines about the dangers of sugar and the link between processed meats and cancer have brought food, and the way we consume it, into sharp focus.
A typical Western diet high in animal protein and heavily processed foods can have damaging consequences both for our own health and for the environment.
At Sodexo we pride ourselves on our commitment to diversity and inclusion. This does not just apply to our people it also applies to our supply chain and after having successfully participated in programmes such as the EU-funded Access 6 programme last year, we took the decision to create our own.
The rate of change in the workplace is now faster than ever and it’s not just the physical environment that’s changing but, perhaps more importantly, the way that people interact with it. Organisations want services that make a real impact on employees’ physical and emotional wellbeing and truly connect to their strategies. The demand for more engaging workplaces is leading to constant advances in the physical environment, but it is also driving the need for more understanding about the human imprint on workplace design.
This week is the Living Wage Foundation’s Living Wage Week. The week provides an opportunity to celebrate the living wage movement and raise awareness of the benefits of the living wage to organisations and their employees.
Back in June we announced that Sodexo UK and Ireland was working with the Living Wage Foundation as a formally recognised service provider. This is one of 16 commitments we made as part of our Public Service Pledge, an ethical manifesto which is designed to help us contribute to achieving a fairer and better society.
A key challenge for coffee farming communities in Peru is a lack of technical knowledge. This means that often farmers struggle to present their coffee in the way which commands the highest possible price. They also struggle to tackle issues such as La Roya, a type of leaf rust, which affects 80% of farms and can mean that farmers lose up to 50% of their crop.
After months of planning, there are just two days left until Sodexo’s largest ever Salon Culinaire, held at Ascot Racecourse this Wednesday 21st October.
The Sodexo Salon programme is the largest of its kind in the UK and second only to Hotelympia and The Restaurant Show, both leading industry wide events. From guest chef judges, celebrity chefs, amazing demonstrations on the day and the various features on offer to the extreme efforts of many competitors to do their very best, there is so much to be proud of and to celebrate.
As I have stated in my previous blogs, Fairtrade plays a vital role in providing security to coffee producers, by ensuring they are paid a price that covers the average cost of sustainable production. Whilst 80% of the Fairtrade premium is paid directly to farmers in this way, the remaining fifth is invested in projects to support he community as a whole.