Sodexo Tops 2009 HACR List of Most Inclusive Companies for Hispanics

January 12, 2010

Corporate Inclusion Index highlights companies that are committed to Hispanic hiring, supplier diversity and community service

Sodexo Tops 2009 HACR List of Most Inclusive Companies for Hispanics

GAITHERSBURG, Md., January 12, 2010 – Sodexo earned the highest ranking in the 2009 Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) Corporate Inclusion Index. The index, released in late December, measures the level of commitment to Hispanic inclusion in the areas of employment, procurement, philanthropy and governance among Fortune 100 and HACR Corporate Member companies.

Sodexo earned 90 of 100 points, the highest score of companies that were ranked. Criteria reviewed included: having Hispanics in senior management positions with policy-making responsibilities and staff members with significant budgetary control and responsibilities; having a Hispanic workforce that equals or exceeds the growing U.S. Hispanic population; a measurable commitment to procurement and supplier diversity that provides significant business opportunities for Hispanic-owned businesses; significant investments in Hispanic-led community service organizations at the local, regional and national levels in which a corporation operates; and having Hispanic directors on a company’s board, along with senior level executives, who help develop policies that insure inclusion of a changing customer base.

"We’re honored by this recognition, which reflects the important role our diverse workforce plays in making Sodexo an employer of choice and a global benchmark for diversity and inclusion," said George Chavel, President and CEO, Sodexo North America. "Diversity is one of our key strategic imperatives, and a critical element of our long-term growth strategy."

"Diversity and inclusion is an integral part of our culture and business success," said Michael Montelongo, Sodexo Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. "By unleashing the talents of Sodexo associates at all levels of the organization, our commitment to diversity helps us develop innovative solutions that give the company a competitive advantage."

Sodexo, a comprehensive services solutions company, employs 120,000 people in North America. The company’s 2009 Diversity and Inclusion Report is available online.

Sodexo, Inc.
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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