Supplier Diversity

Supplier Diversity strengthens us all

We share a vision of a workplace rooted in diversity and recognize that diversity benefits us all. We actively seek to bring diverse businesses into our network of suppliers, including minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, disabled-owned or LGBT-owned companies. We currently partner with almost 2,183 diverse suppliers.

Leading by example

“Sodexo’s global supplier diversity initiatives are a key element of our supply chain strategy and success. The use of vendors that mirror our community is good for the economy, beneficial to customers, and key to our competitive advantage. Our diverse vendors benefit through exposure and our sharing of best practices to help them succeed.”
— Lorna Donatone, CEO for Geographic Regions and Region Chair for North America

NBIC 2017 Best of the Best Corporation for Inclusion Award


For a second year in a row Sodexo was named NBIC’s Best of the Best Award.  2017 Best-of-the-Best Corporation includes the completion of a detailed survey of an organization’s Supplier Diversity initiatives, EBRG’s and workplace engagement opportunities which include, a diverse marketplace and community engagements. Additionally, a detailed report of policies and achievements in the diversity and inclusion space--along with recognition or ratings such as the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality, the U.S. Business Leadership Network’s Disability Equality Index, or Diversity Inc.’s Top 50 is weighted and reviewed by a committee of NBIC leaders.

National Business Inclusion Consortium was formed by NGLCC in 2011, and its members represent a total of over $9 trillion in annual economic strength and significant contributions to the marketplace and workplace. Only companies achieving industry leading results across all diverse segments are eligible to receive the prestigious Best-of-the-Best designation from the NBIC, whose members include the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC); US Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC); U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC); U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAAC); U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN); Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC); and WEConnect International.

Slade Gorton (National) won the award for Better Tomorrow Vendor Partner of the Year


The winner was awarded the honor  due to the increasing focus on our sustainable seafood commitments, Slade Gorton has not only helped drive our sales and volume in the last year by over 13%, they have helped steer Sodexo and entegra’s contracted product portfolio to a 94% level of certified sustainable seafood offerings.   They have a clear, focused, and demonstrated commitment within their own organization to our priorities. Slade Gorton continuously provides industry trends and updates, and innovative opportunities to drive value creation: Antibiotic Free, Clean Label, strategic forward buys on different crab species, and many others.  Additionally Slade Gorton consistently works with us to address the critical issues facing the seafood industry, and Sodexo, on a Global scale. Slade Gorton seafood products are available through your prime supplier.  

Tropical Fruit and Nut won the award for the Strategic Diverse Vendor of the Year


The winner was awarded the honor due to this partner demonstrated a strategic and collaborative approach when working with Sodexo by providing Sodexo with innovative ideas to increase product utilization and developing differentiated products that address trends and consumer preferences in our marketplace. They collaborate with Sodexo to align their resources for effective engagement with our operators and excel in the area of customer service. They continuously demonstrate their extensive product knowledge and best-in-class deployment processes which has resulted in 45% program increase equaling more than $1 million dollars in growth. We also recognize this partner for their industry awards in food safety across their production facilities and their leadership as a certified minority owned and small business.

We also want to acknowledge two other diverse vendors were nominated for the Health and Well-Being Vendor Partner of the Year:

  • Dietitians on Demand
  • MenuTrinfo

Doing business with Sodexo

Opportunities for diverse suppliers range from regional to national contracts. Among the products and services for which we contract:

  • Consulting services
  • Equipment for foodservice, facilities and environmental services
  • Equipment repair (electrical, HVAC, kitchen, plumbing and mechanical)
  • Food products
  • Local services (linen, hood and duct cleaning, florists, carpet cleaning, window washing, etc.)
  • Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) supplies
  • Paper for food, janitorial and smallwares
  • Photography
  • Security services
  • Temporary labor (foodservice, housekeeping)
  • Vending services

Learn more about pursuing business opportunities with Sodexo.

Register to be a diverse supplier

If you are a diverse supplier and wish to be considered for potential business opportunities, please see the registration details below:

Thank you for your interest in Sodexo’s Supplier Diversity. If you are a diverse vendor, please register in our supplier diversity registration portal. If you have issues with the website please contact IVS Solutions by phone 240 487 0295 or email. All suppliers must complete their profile, as well as attach the following documents:

  • A copy of your current, valid Diversity Certification
  • A list of your products and services
  • Company history and capabilities overview

Upon completing this process, your information will electronically be forwarded to the appropriate supply manager for review. It is required that Supply Management review this database for potential qualified diverse vendors to include in all RFP/RFI opportunities.

If you have any questions, contact Supplier Diversity.

Your qualifications

In order to be considered a diverse business, your company must be at least 51% owned, controlled and managed by a U.S. citizen who is:


  • African American
  • Asian American
  • Hispanic American
  • Native American


  • A business owned by a non-minority woman


Service Disabled Vetrans



  • Lesbian
  • Gay
  • Bi-sexual
  • Transgender

Your Certification

Sodexo requires certification from one of the following sources:


We expect all our contracted suppliers to:

  • Satisfactorily pass the required food safety inspection/audit
  • Provide up to $5 million of insurance naming Sodexo as a certificate holder over the term of our agreement
  • Sign an Indemnification Statement
  • Provide Sodexo with a competitive pricing program
  • Provide a product or service of consistently high quality that meets our specifications
  • Support our operating units and our distributors (if applicable) with superior service
  • Work as our partner to grow business to mutually benefit both companies

Contact us to learn how you can improve the Quality of Life at your organization:

Email us

or call us at 888 SODEXO7

The Better Tomorrow Plan

Sodexo is committed to sustainable development and has defined a worldwide roadmap: the Better Tomorrow Plan.