Sodexo Ranked Among Top Two Companies for Diversity and Inclusion

March 04, 2011

DiversityInc Releases 2011 list; Sodexo among Top 50 Companies for sixth consecutive year and recognized in eight additional categories

Sodexo Ranked Among Top Two Companies for Diversity and Inclusion

GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 4, 2011 – Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Daily Life solutions, was ranked #2 on the 2011 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity® list, affirming its position as a benchmark employer in leveraging diversity and inclusion expertise as a competitive advantage in business. This year 535 companies applied to be evaluated by DiversityInc.

This marks the sixth consecutive year that Sodexo has been recognized on DiversityInc's Top 50 list, and its continued recognition reflects the consistent efforts and progress the company has made in its ongoing diversity journey.

In addition to DiversityInc's Top 50 ranking, they also release specialty lists of the top 10 companies in various key areas. Sodexo has also earned the following rankings for 2011:

  • #3 for Latinos 
  • #3 for Executive Women 
  • #3 for supplier diversity 
  • #4 for all Global Companies 
  • #5 for recruitment and retention efforts 
  • #7 for Blacks  
  • #7 for LGBT employees 
  • #9 for People with Disabilities

"Sodexo has experienced a decade of outstanding progress in advancing diversity and inclusion as a key business driver. We have deliberately and diligently undergone a cultural transformation, making our organization a recognized and sustainable leader in this area," said George Chavel, Sodexo president and CEO. He added "Awards are wonderful recognition, and help us to stay focused."

Sodexo has 120,000 employees at more than 6,000 client accounts in the U.S. It is the benchmark company for diversity and inclusion in its industry, and is consistently recognized among all companies in North America as a best place to work for minorities, multicultural women, veterans, and people with disabilities. 

For more information about Sodexo's DiversityInc. ranking and what it means to the company, visit  Sodexo's company blog: http://blogs.sodexousa.com/commentary/2011/03/03/the-diversity-inclusion-journey-continues/.

About Sodexo

Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), leading Quality of Daily Life Solutions company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On Site Service Solutions in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Motivation Solutions such as Esteem Pass. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., 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 $15 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.

Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Daily Life Solutions
Quality of Life plays an important role in the progress of individuals and the performance of organizations. Based on this conviction, Sodexo is the strategic partner for companies and institutions that place a premium on performance and well-being, as it has since Pierre Bellon founded the company in 1966. Sharing the same passion for service, Sodexo's 380,000 employees, in 80 countries design, manage and deliver an unrivaled range of On-site Service Solutions and Motivation Solutions. Sodexo has created a new form of service business that contributes to the economic, social and environmental development of the communities, regions and countries in which it operates and to the fulfillment of its employees.

Key Figures (as of August 31, 2010)

Sodexo in the World 
15.3 billion euro consolidated revenue
380,000 employees
34,000 sites
50 million consumers served daily
80 countries
21st largest employer worldwide

Sodexo in North America
8.0 billion dollars revenue
120,000 employees
10 million consumers served daily
6,000 clients
700 facilities management sites

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