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17 June 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970

Sodexo UK and Ireland has (Weds 17 at the Facilities Show) announced that it is now a formally Recognised Service Provider working together with the Living Wage Foundation.

Sodexo employs 34,000 people in the UK and Ireland, providing services that it says improve the quality of life in the corporate, healthcare, education, defence, justice and leisure sectors. The firm will implement the UK and London Living Wage for all employees working in its head offices in London, Glasgow, Stevenage, Leeds, Salford and Swindon. The commitment also means that Sodexo will, wherever permitted, submit a Living Wage alternative in all its bids and will promote the adoption of the living wage to its clients.

In the last year more of Sodexo’s new and renewed contracts, such as the Scottish Government, and University College London, have been negotiated to include the Living Wage for all employees. Earlier this year Sodexo welcomed its client GlaxoSmithKline’s decision to extend its existing commitment to pay the Living Wage to its directly employed staff, to include all sub-contracted and third-party workforces, including a large number of Sodexo employees. Similarly, Southampton Solent University recently announced that it would implement the Living Wage for its main contractors (including Sodexo), again, extending its existing commitment to pay the Living Wage to directly employed staff.


Fair pay commitment

The Recognition Award for Service Providers was created by the Living Wage Foundation in order to help service providers make a fair pay commitment. Given the nature of their business, it is not always possible for service providers to implement the Living Wage for all the contracts they deliver. Living Wage Recognition helps service providers demonstrate a commitment to the Living Wage, by paying it to head office staff and working with clients and customers to raise awareness.

Sodexo UK&I’s Managing Director of Corporate Services, Neil Murray, will be joining the programme’s Leadership Group, which was formed in 2014 with the aim of providing intelligence, advising on best practice and acting as industry advocates for the Living Wage Foundation.



With support of the Leadership Group, the Living Wage Foundation will this month be launching a bid to take its number of Recognised Service Providers to 100 by the Foundation’s annual awareness week, ‘Living Wage Week’ (2- 5 November).

Article written by TWinFM Reporter | Published 17 June 2015


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