Sodexo Named a Best Company for Multicultural Women

May 25, 2010

Working Mother Magazine recognizes company's commitment to diversity

Sodexo Named a Best Company for Multicultural Women

GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 25, 2010 – Sodexo was named today as one of Working Mother magazine's 2010 Best Companies for Multicultural Women in recognition of the company's commitment to diversity and inclusion. The list honors companies with programs and policies that actively support multicultural employees, such as formal mentoring, regular reviews of progress on annual diversity goals, and networking opportunities with senior leaders.

Sodexo is the world leader in Quality of Daily Life solutions. It has 120,000 employees in the United States, and serves more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government, and remote sites.

Working Mother's recognition honors companies that dedicate themselves to bringing more perspectives to the decision-making table by promoting the advancement of multicultural women. "Our winners retain star staffers by recognizing that top talent comes from different backgrounds, and it is these diverse perspectives that bring different skills to leadership and fresh solutions to business needs," said Carol Evans, President, Working Mother Media. The winners are detailed in Working Mother's June/July issue and at workingmother.com.

"Sodexo's commitment to diversity is a business imperative, which is why our managers' compensation is based, in part, on how well they recruit, retain and advance diverse employees," said Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer. "This focus on identifying and advancing multicultural talent is one of the factors that differentiates us as an organization, gives us a competitive advantage in the global marketplace, and positively impacts our bottom line."

It is Sodexo's second consecutive year on the Multicultural Women list.

Best Companies for Multicultural Women Methodology: To be considered for Best Companies for Multicultural Women, each company applied and supplied Working Mother with 2009 data about the hiring, pay and promotion of multicultural employees. Applications focus on representation of multicultural women; recruitment; retention and advancement programs; and company culture. This year, equal weight was given to all segments of the 350-question survey. An independent survey research firm tabulated the scores.

Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), a member of Sodexo Group, is a leading provider of Comprehensive Service Solutions serving more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care, retirement, schools, higher education, government and remote sites. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., Sodexo, Inc. operates in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. The Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org) is an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $12.7 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.

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