Sodexo aims to deliver ‘Food for Thought’ at Inspirefest

June 20, 2016

Services company Sodexo Ireland has been announced as a sponsor of Inspirefest, the festival of technology, science, design and the arts taking place in Dublin.

Margot Slattery, country president, Sodexo Ireland with Inspirefest founder Ann O’Dea at the official announcement of her company’s involvement in this year’s event, which has diversity and inclusion at its heart.

Services company Sodexo Ireland has been announced as a sponsor of Inspirefest, the festival of technology, science, design and the arts taking place at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin from 30 June to 1 July 2016. Like Inspirefest, Sodexo is committed to furthering diversity and inclusion in business and country president Margot Slattery will be on stage on Thursday 30th June to talk about ‘Workplace Diversity and Inclusion’ as part of the core conference programme.

Sodexo is also providing the catering services and its menu for the international speakers welcome evening will showcase the very best in locally sourced Irish produce to some of the biggest names in global sci-tech whilst the delegate lunchboxes will include a range of healthy foods from Irish family-owned businesses such as Keelings, Good4U and Sprout & Co.

Margot Slattery said, “As a people-based business, Sodexo recognises that there is a very clear business case for prioritising diversity and inclusion. This is not just applicable to our people but a commitment extending to our supply chain and over 65% of our ingredients are sourced from local Irish producers.”

“In addition, our inaugural Supply Chain Inclusion programme aimed at opening up new markets for small suppliers has resulted in two Irish family businesses, Good4U and Chilly Moo Frozen Yoghurt, being welcomed into our UK supply chain,”, she continued.

Sodexo will also run a Health and Wellness Zone at the Inspirefest fringe festival in Dublin’s Merrion Squre with appearances by its health and wellbeing ambassador, Irish soccer international Stephanie Roche on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July.

Margot Slattery was named Senior Leader of the Year at GLEN’s inaugural Workplace Equality Index Awards in 2015; she also appears on the 2016 Out at Work/Telegraph list of Top 50 LGBT Executives and the 2015 Financial Times’ list of Top 100 OUTstanding LGBT Business Leaders.

Sodexo Ireland, part of the global Sodexo Group the world’s largest services company, delivers services that improve the quality of life to clients in business and industry, education, financial and healthcare. It employs approximately 2,000 staff in 200 locations across Ireland, serves 90,000 people daily and spent €21 million on local Irish food in 2015.

Image top left: Julianne Forrestal, executive craft chef, Ann O’Dea, founder of Inspirefest and Margot Slattery, country president, Sodexo Ireland at the official announcement of Sodexo’s involvement in Inspirefest. Photo: Silver Image

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