Amolak Dhariwal, vice-president of finance at Sodexo’s global supply management and service operations division, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to business.
Dhariwal has worked across a number of areas at Sodexo for 19 years and is currently responsible for the group’s global supply management and service operations finances across several territories.
He also leads Sodexo’s diversity and inclusion programme.
Among measures to improve the experience of BAME people in the workplace, he has co-launched a company-wide awareness campaign to increase inclusivity. This led to his being named as among the top BAME business role models across the UK, Ireland, US and Canada in the 2017 EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders list.
Outside of work, he has served as a governor at his local academy school to encourage the understanding and development of the BAME agenda.
Dhariwal said: “It is a huge honour to be recognised nationally in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
“I’ve dedicated my time at Sodexo to improving others’ lives, which aligns so well with Sodexo’s values. To be honoured for my passion is humbling.”
Sean Haley, chair of Sodexo UK and Ireland, said: “Our people are our greatest asset and Amolak is the true representation of that. His dedication to his work and to improving the workplace experience for others is a testament to his skills, good nature and selflessness.”
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