Sodexo Ranks in Top Ten of Companies for People with Disabilities
May 12, 2009
Company commended for creating a “Disability Friendly” workplace
GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 12, 2009 — Sodexo, a leading integrated food and facilities management services company was named ninth on the 2009 DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for People with Disabilities, based on workplace accommodations, recruitment programs, employee resource groups and work/life benefits.
DiversityInc cited Sodexo’s Organization for disAbilities Resources (SOAR) as a strong example of the company’s dedication to creating a nurturing environment where all employees can reach their potential. This employee network group was formed in March 2008 to proactively provide outreach and create a culture that embraces, values and fully utilizes persons with disabilities. During its first year, SOAR’s membership has grown to more than 300 employees, many of whom have family members or friends with a disability or have a disability themselves.
“My involvement in SOAR has been a very enriching experience. A positive commitment to creating a ‘Disabilities Friendly’ environment is seen in all of our Sodexo co-workers who have stepped forward to volunteer their time and talents to this group,” said Sodexo Area General Manager for Senior Services and SOAR Co-Chair Mike Connor. “By focusing on each individual’s abilities, we are truly strengthening Sodexo’s core culture and leadership as a global organization.”
To determine the list, DiversityInc examined employee resource groups, recruitment efforts, diversity training programs and company web sites, to see if they mentioned or featured people with disabilities. In addition, national disability organizations were consulted to provide their input.
Sodexo earned points for SOAR’s Intranet site, disability awareness webinar and quarterly newsletter featuring success stories.
“We need to learn to get past people’s differences and focus on what people can do instead of what they can’t do,” said Sodexo Assistant General Counsel and SOAR Co-Chair Adrienne Vadell Sturges. “At Sodexo, we are making great strides in this area.”
Sodexo’s strong record of recruiting and retaining employees with disabilities also helped the company earn this honor.
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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.