Q&A With Global Diversity and Inclusion Leader Rohini Anand, PhD

By Rohini Anand, Ph.D
Jan 23, 2018 5:00 PM ET

What are some of the main responsibilities of your role? 

The role of anyone leading global diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts and strategy is to impact culture change. My responsibility is to create a more inclusive culture at Sodexo and to position us as a good corporate citizen. As D&I change agents, we have to approach our work with a systems mindset, looking to address processes, policies and procedures, mindsets and behaviors, and, ultimately, the culture.

It is also my role to ensure that we are leaders in D&I and Corporate Responsibility (CR), and that we are branded as such. Ultimately, the role of the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) is to add value to the business in a measurable way through the D&I efforts. 
What do you find most challenging about your job?

Bringing about change in a global organization with 425,000 employees in 36,000 locations, and influencing the relevance of D&I across the multiple global cultures.

This requires listening, viewing D&I through diverse cultural lenses, and figuring out the most relevant and meaningful way to implement it.

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