Putting social value into action


Adapted from a keynote speech delivered by Sean Haley, Regional Chairman, Sodexo UK & Ireland, at the National Social Value Conference 2020

In November last year, the British Academy set out the changes they believe companies need to make to become “purposeful businesses” – changes that they say lie “at the heart of the future of capitalism, the future of humanity and the future of our planet”.

This is not new to Sodexo. We were one of the first few companies in the world to place social value at the core of its mission when it was founded in France in 1966 – and we have always sought to do good business in a good way.

Ten years ago, we published our global corporate responsibility roadmap – Better Tomorrow 2025.

We have plans in place across our business to reduce our impact on climate change, to cut waste, to recruit people from marginalised groups like ex-offenders, to cut plastic from our supply chain, to spend more money with local suppliers and SMEs and promote more women into leadership roles.

This is all well and good but we know that this isn’t enough to meet the challenges we face, because it is not over-dramatic to say that we are living in a time of crisis.

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Case Study: Sodexo partnership with University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust

The relationship between Sodexo and the University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) began in 2007, when the former was appointed as the PFI FM provider to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust. This later merged with the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust to form UHNM in 2014.


The partnership has since received an NHS Sustainability Award in 2017 as well as external recognition, winning ‘Partners in Healthcare’ at the PFM Awards in 2017 and both ‘Supplier of the Year’ and ‘Partnership of the Year’ at the HSJ Awards in 2018.


This case study demonstrates the benefits of investing in partnership working and the positive outcomes it can have for all parties involved.


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