Our President Margot Slattery on FICC – Pulling Together to Help Combat Covid-19

Margot, who was recently announced as the new President of the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce (FICC) highlighted how French companies in Ireland are helping to combat Covid-19.

“Our circumstances are without precedent, but I am proud to say that our members, including my own company Sodexo, have been responding rapidly to the challenges facing them. While doing everything they can to support their own workers and clients, several are already helping others to combat Covid-19,” said Margot Slattery.

Margot, who was recently announced as the new President of the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce (FICC) highlighted how French companies in Ireland are helping to combat Covid-19. Some examples include: Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, producer of the Jameson and Powers whiskey labels, which are to provide healthcare authorities with large-scale quantities of alcohol gel to cope with unprecedented demand due to the coronavirus pandemic; LK Shields has set up a Crisis Advisory Team that provides expert legal guidance on managing business interruptions; Veolia is continuing to provide essential services such as drinking water for the public, energy to keep industry operational and carefully delivering waste and environmental services for all its municipal and private sector customers; JCDecaux is promoting advice from the HSE on COVID-19 on bus shelters across Ireland; Sodexo Ireland continues to support clients who remain open providing essential services and Sigmar Recruitment has set up a free website to connect displaced workers from recent business closures with frontline jobs in vital sectors necessary to keep Ireland’s supply chains working during Covid-19.

Limerick-born Margot, the global chief diversity and inclusion officer for the Sodexo Group, one of the largest French-owned companies in Ireland, was previously country president for Sodexo in Ireland. She has appeared on the Financial Times’ list of Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders since 2015.  In 2017, she was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the then French Ambassador to Ireland for her work in promoting diversity and inclusion and women in business.

Margot said: “Once this crisis is behind us, I want to ensure that the FICC is dynamic and agile in anticipation of what may be a very different business environment post Covid-19. My vision for the FICC is to build on its current position as a valued player and influencer in the business relationships in Ireland and France in the new EU landscape. “

Established in 1978, the FICC is a private, non-profit membership organisation with over 170 companies focused on the Franco-Irish business community in Ireland. Over the past few years FICC has established several working groups (SME & Entrepreneurs Network, CEO Forum, Infrastructure, Finance, Impact on Climate Change, Image de Marque and ICT) which are dedicated to addressing industry and regional opportunities. Headed by a chairperson and deputy-chairperson, they provide a strong platform for members to collaborate and influence bilateral trade in their areas of expertise.

“As my day job is all about inclusion, I will be working closely with our Director {FICC} Cliona McGowan and her team to make sure that inclusion is a lived reality for all involved in the Chamber and that we continue to bring relevant topics and debates and matters to the fore in this very important area,” Margot concluded.

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