Sodexo has won the Best French Company in Ireland Award for the second year in a row at the 27th Annual Ireland-France Business Awards, jointly organised by the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce in Dublin (FICC) and NetworkIrlande.

This year’s Awards were held at the prestigious Cercle National des Armees in Paris on Thursday 28 November, in front of an audience of 180 Irish and French business leaders.

Pat Breen, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Market and Data Protection presented the Best French Company Award to Caroline O’Loughlin, finance director, Sodexo Ireland, who accepted the award on behalf of the company.

Julie Ennis, country president, Sodexo Ireland said:

We are delighted and honoured that the work of the company in Ireland has been recognised by the Chamber in this manner and we’re very proud to be one of the leading French employers in Ireland.

FICCSupported by both the Irish and French embassies, along with Enterprise Ireland, the IDA, Business France and Tourism Ireland, the 2019 Awards attracted the largest number of applicants since the competition began in 1992. Smurfit Kappa France took home the Best Irish Company in France Award while Kingspan Ireland won the Impact on Climate Change Award. 

The event was also attended by H.E. Patricia O’Brien, Ambassador of Ireland to France, H.E. Stephane Crouzat, Ambassador of France to Ireland and Richard Dujardin, president of NetworkIrlande and Margot Slattery, incoming president of the FICC.

Minister Pat Breen added:

The winners epitomise the very best of what the Franco-Irish relationship can produce. I am delighted to have this opportunity to recognise and congratulate them for their achievements.

Sodexo, 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, pharma and healthcare in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Those services range from catering, cleaning, security, reception to asset management, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling clients to focus on their core business. It also includes homecare provision following the acquisition of Comfort Keepers Ireland in 2015. Sodexo employs approximately 3,700 people in over 230 locations in Ireland and Northern Ireland, with a combined turnover of over €141 million in 2019.  



Caroline O’Loughlin, finance director, Sodexo Ireland (centre) with H.E. Stéphane Crouzat, Ambassador of France to Ireland and Margot Slattery, global chief Diversity & Inclusion officer, Sodexo and the incoming president of the France-Ireland Chamber of Commerce at the France-Ireland Business Awards in Paris. Photo: D.Lebrun/

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