Sodexo Honored for Leadership in Diversity by Top Diversity Management Think Tank

August 20, 2008

Global Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Rohini Anand awarded by American Institute for Managing Diversity.

Sodexo Honored for Leadership in Diversity by Top Diversity Management Think Tank

GAITHERSBURG, Md., August 20, 2008 —Sodexo’s Global Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Rohini Anand, has received the prestigious “Pursuing the Promise of Diversity - Individual Diversity Leader of 2008 Award” from the American Institute for Managing Diversity, Inc. (AIMD) for her leadership and accomplishments in the field of diversity and inclusion.  Widely recognized for excellence in diversity and inclusion under Dr. Anand’s leadership, Sodexo has received 13 awards so far this year.

This is only the second year AIMD has bestowed this award on a deserving individual.  Last year the award was presented posthumously to Thurmond B. Woodard, former Chief Diversity Officer of Dell Computers.  

“In the 24-year history of AIMD, we have given very few awards.  Therefore, it was very important for us to select a leader in the diversity field whose impact has had or is having reverberations beyond that person’s organization,” said Melanie Harrington, president of AIMD. “Dr. Anand’s contributions to the field are well known among diversity practitioners and other diversity champions.  She has motivated and inspired others to pursue comprehensive approaches to the persistent diversity challenges affecting our organizations and our society.  What she has accomplished on her diversity journey offers both a model and a road map for others who will surely follow.”

Dr. Anand joined Sodexo in 2002, and under her leadership, Sodexo’s diversity and inclusion programs have grown to benchmark status for companies committed to creating work environments that embrace the talents of a diverse workforce in order to meet the challenges of today’s global marketplace. More information about Sodexo’s diversity programs can be found at www.sodexousa.com\diversity.

“We are committed to systemic culture change. Through our diversity and inclusion initiatives, we address the recruiting, development, and retention of talent as well as our partnership with the communities we live and work in. Eventually our leadership in diversity and inclusion is a differentiator for us as we add value to our clients and customers through our innovative culturally competent services,” said Dr. Anand. “I am both honored and humbled to receive this recognition from AIMD and from one of the pioneers in the field, Dr. Roosevelt Thomas.  I am looking forward to continuing our partnership in furthering the development of the field of diversity and inclusion and the next generation of practitioners.”

The AIMD Individual Award will be presented during the organization’s “Pursuing the Promise of Diversity” Luncheon in Atlanta on Tuesday, October 14, 2008. Other awardees are: UPS Corporation, which will be receiving The Corporate Award and Margaret Regan, president and CEO, Futureworks Institute, who will be accepting The Innovator Award. For more information about the awards, please visit www.aimd.org.

Sodexo, Inc.
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com) is a leading integrated food and facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with $7.3 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. Sodexo, Inc. serves more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government and remote sites. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., is a member of Sodexo Group, and funds the Sodexo Foundation (www.helpstophunger.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $9.2 million in grants to fight hunger in America.

American Institute of Managing Diversity, Inc.
Founded in 1984, AIMD is one of the nation’s first and leading nonprofit think tanks dedicated to the advancement of diversity management. AIMD has educated community leaders, the general public and the business community about the power and potential of diversity management for over two decades.

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