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 1,674 diverse suppliers.

Leading by example

“Sodexo is committed to providing diverse companies with opportunities to grow and develop, and we actively seek to bring these vendors into our network of suppliers. Expanding our supplier base is good for the vendors, good for local economies and good for our customers. Products and services from a diverse supplier base provide us with the finest products for our menus, high quality goods and great service, making our offerings to our customers stronger and more competitive. In turn, our vendors benefit from wider exposure and our best practices a win-win for both companies.”
George Chavel, President; CEO, Sodexo North America

Sodexo’s Vendor Partner meeting took place on June 15, 2015 in Bethesda, MD. As part of this meeting where Supply Management, Offer Development and the Operating Divisions provide an update to our Vendor Partners on Sodexo’s strategic direction.

Winner of both the overall Strategic Partner of the Year and the Strategic Diverse Vendor of the Year:

Supplier Diversity icon Supplier Diversity 2015

Soft Stuff Distributors is a regionally based specialty distributor that services the Mid-Atlantic market with bakery, ice cream, appetizers and other specialty products. Soft Stuff is an excellent choice for Sodexo’s Strategic Partner, diverse vendor of the year as well as Vendor of the Year, due to their great service, product offering and problem solving ability for Sodexo. Additionally, as a women owned business, she pays it forward by giving opportunities and mentoring other women owned businesses.

We are happy that a number of other diverse vendors were nominated for our Strategic Awards. They include:

Strategic Diverse Vendor of the Year nominees:

  • Front of the House
  • Idea works

Better Tomorrow Vendor Partner of the Year nominee:

  • Slade Gorton

Wellness Vendor Partner of the Year nominees:

  • 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




  • 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.