Sodexo Named a "Best Company" for Multicultural Women by Working Mother Magazine

May 29, 2009

Honor earned for a steadfast dedication to diversity even during tough economic times

Sodexo Named a "Best Company" for Multicultural Women by Working Mother Magazine

GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 29, 2009 — Sodexo, a leading integrated food and facilities management services company has been named one of Working Mother’s 2009 Best Companies for Multicultural Women based on  placing diversity and inclusion firmly at the top of the workplace agenda each and every day.     

The magazine recognized 20 companies representing a cross-section of industries and sharing the common bond of an exceptional dedication to encouraging and advancing women of diverse backgrounds, even during times of tough economic pressures.  

“Attracting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce, which includes many multicultural women in leadership roles, gives us the ability to compete globally and to be innovative to meet the challenges of any economic condition or trend”, said Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Rohini Anand.  “Diversity is crucial to our success as a company and we are pleased to be recognized by Working Mother for our steadfast commitment to inclusion.”

To be considered for the honor, a company was judged on its ability to nurture diversity in the workplace through training, development, and advancement of multicultural women. The majority of the winners offer mentoring and retention programs and sensitivity training. Many also maintain a database of multicultural women vendors and consultants and actively recruit multicultural female job candidates.

 “Creating an environment where all employees can thrive is essential to a company’s success. Each Best Company for Multicultural Women demonstrates commitment to diversity by putting its money where its mouth is—through key programs and practices,” says President of Working Mother Media Carol Evans. “However, there’s still a long way to go. The Best Companies are leading the way, but others need to strengthen initiatives for women and protect programs they put in place prior to the recession. I am deeply concerned that the wage gap for multicultural women is still profound and that representation of women of color decreases dramatically as you look up the corporate ladder.”

The Working Mother Best Companies for Multicultural Women is chronicled in the June/July 2009 issue of the magazine. A conference honoring the winners and highlighting their achievements will take place in New York City in July.

Sodexo, Inc.
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com) is a leading integrated facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. Sodexo 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 all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $11 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.

About Working Mother Media
Celebrating 30 years, Working Mother magazine reaches 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers; and workingmother.com http://www.workingmother.com brings to the web a broad range of insight and solutions served to working mothers every day. Working Mother’s 24-year signature research initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America. With offices in New York and Washington, D.C., Working Mother Media, a subsidiary of Bonnier Corp. (www.bonniercorp.com), includes the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) (http://www.nafe.com), Diversity Best Practices (http://www.diversitybestpractices.com), the WorkLife Congress, and the Multicultural Women’s Conference and Town Halls. Working Mother Media’s mission is to champion cultural change.
 

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