Sodexo Ranked Number One Company for Diversity by DiversityInc

March 10, 2010

Also ranked as best for executive women, minority recruitment and retention; among Top Ten companies for Latinos, Blacks, Global Diversity, and People with Disabilities

Sodexo Ranked Number One Company for Diversity by DiversityInc

GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 10, 2010 – Sodexo, Inc., world leader in Quality of Daily Life solutions, was ranked first on the 2010 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity® list, cementing its position as a benchmark employer in leveraging diversity and inclusion expertise as a competitive advantage in business. 

This marks the fifth consecutive year that Sodexo has been recognized on DiversityInc’s Top 50 list, and its steady climb to the top spot mirrors the consistent progress the company has made in its ongoing diversity journey. According to DiversityInc, Sodexo leads all companies in its ability to implement, measure and assess strong internal diversity initiatives. The publication cited Sodexo’s Spirit of Mentoring program as an example for all organizations of a "focused, practical and extremely comprehensive mentoring effort" that includes advanced training, and benchmarks at regular intervals, to examine how mentoring pairs are relating to each other and accomplishing the goals of the mentoring partnership.

In other awards announced by DiversityInc, Sodexo ranked first in the employment of executive women, and first for recruitment and retention of minority employees. The company ranked second in the employment of Latinos; third for employment of blacks; and tenth for employment of people with disabilities. In addition, the company ranked fifth for its global diversity efforts, which include an initiative — Sodexo Women's International Forum for talent (SWIFt) — to increase the number of women in leadership and operational positions throughout the world.

"This award from DiversityInc reflects an intense, ongoing effort to ensure that diversity and inclusion are part of Sodexo’s corporate culture," said George Chavel, president and chief executive officer of Sodexo North America. "Our diversity expertise helps us be more agile and responsive to customers and differentiates us from our competitors, and therefore directly contributes to our long-term business success."

"Our diversity strategy seeks to create an environment where all employees feel engaged, and each individual feels they are valued and can contribute to the success of the company," said Rohini Anand, Sodexo senior vice president and global chief diversity officer. "We’re pleased that DiversityInc recognizes the success of our diversity efforts."

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. Over the past five years, the minority management population has increased by 15 percent, and the female population increased by 8 percent compared to its fiscal 2004 baseline. Sodexo’s progress with diversity and inclusion has been strong and consistent and is an integral part of the company’s culture.

DiversityInc also recognized Sodexo’s diversity training and employee management metrics, its full range of progressive work-life programs, and its sharing of its diversity expertise with external partners. For more information, read Sodexo’s annual diversity and inclusion report on www.sodexousa.com.

The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, which will be published in the June 2010 issue of the magazine, is determined by a statistical analysis of responses to the publication’s 200-question survey. Top 50 companies demonstrate consistent strength in four areas: CEO commitment, human capital, corporate and organizational communications, and supplier diversity. The 449 companies evaluated for this year’s Top 50 list range from consumer-facing companies to industrial businesses, and range in size from small regional companies to businesses that operate globally. For more information on the methodology used to create the list of Top 50 Companies for Diversity, visit www.diversityinc.com/top50.  
 
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 $12 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, 2009)

Sodexo in the World
14.7 billion euro consolidated revenue
380,000 employees
33,900 sites
50 million consumers served daily
80 countries
22nd largest employer worldwide

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

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