Sodexo Group is supporting its multinational workforce with parental and care leave, life insurance and an employee assistance phone line.

The food services company will provide a minimum of 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary care provider, towards a goal of reaching 14 weeks in most countries. It will also provide two weeks of parental leave for the secondary care provider and five days of family care leave.

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Through the life insurance benefit, employees’ dependants will receive an equivalent of one year of the employee’s base salary in the event of their passing. And an employee assistance phone line will be accessible 24/7 with direct access to counselling and guidance. Sodexo is currently rolling out the program in the various countries where it operates, including Canada, and the company expects these benefits will be available in 60 per cent of its markets by the end of 2024.

“Our employees’ well-being matters and means a great deal to us,” said Annick de Vanssay, chief human resources officer at Sodexo, in a press release. “We give it all the attention and importance it deserves. This program illustrates our ongoing commitment to be a responsible employer. Sodexo is the first global group in its sector to make such a major commitment.”

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