Sodexo UK & Ireland has made Raj Jones its permanent head of diversity and inclusion.
Jones began her career with Sodexo in 2007, taking on a role in learning and development for the Justice division of the business before being seconded to the central diversity and inclusion (D&I) team.
Five years later she moved to London’s South Bank University as a member of its diversity and inclusion team before returning to Sodexo’s D&I team a year later.
In 2019, she was promoted to manager in the division and has led the function since spring 2020 on an interim basis. Jones was also appointed to the race and equality in HTL Committee in 2020.
Sarah Perry, Sodexo’s HR director for UK & Ireland, said: “Raj is an experienced, passionate, and skilled D&I practitioner. She works closely with our global colleagues and is a member of the global Cultures and Origins, Generations and Pride workstreams.
“She is a strong advocate for grassroots involvement with a firm belief there is more that unites people than divides.”
Jones added: “Sodexo is an employer that really sees the value of inclusion in the workplace and has a strong desire, and commitment, to achieving sustainable positive culture change.”
Sodexo said it is committed to positioning diversity and inclusion as one of its key priorities to enrich the quality of life of its employees, its clients and the communities it serves. The provider became the first firm in the hospitality and FM industry to publish its ethnicity pay gap when the report went live last month.