The Sodexo catering team at PayPal Dundalk were one of the four outstanding examples of dedication and commitment to responsible working practices celebrated at their company’s Corporate Responsibility Awards, presented to individuals or teams for their efforts in the four categories – Employer; Community; Environment; Nutrition, Health & Wellness.
The Employer Award is given to an individual or group who have taken action to develop employees, foster diversity and inclusion, support human rights and support the company’s health and safety performance. Shirley Collins, general services manager at PayPal in Dundalk linked up with the Community Rehab Care Centre in Dundalk to develop an ongoing “place and train” work programme.
It runs for 12 weeks and employs two individuals with special needs at the one time. It covers induction, training, health and safety as well as other day to day life skills.
At the end, the participants are presented with a Certificate of Completion, a very favourable boost to their CV in looking for work. It has been a great success with three former participants now in full time employment. Commenting on her win, Shirley Collins said: “I would recommend and encourage any company to get on board as it has enriched the experience of our own staff. I think it is really important that people with disabilities are afforded the same opportunities as everyone else”
The other winners were Steven White, business development manager in the Dublin office for Community; The facilities team at the Portlaoise Schools Campus for Environment and Allstate in Belfast for Health and Wellness.
The manager and teams at GSK OC Dungarvan and the Central Bank of Ireland were highly commended in the Employer and Environment Awards respectively. Commenting on the winners, Margot Slattery, country president, Sodexo Ireland, said:
“The judges were so impressed at the enormously practical and tangible achievements of the winners.
They have made real differences in their working environment which have been acknowledged and appreciated not only by their fellow workers but by their clients too. My thanks to client relationship manager Tom Stack and corporate responsibility manager Edwina Hughes for all their hard work in co-ordinating the Awards.”
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 spends almost €19 million annually on local Irish food.