Sodexo’s LGBT Inclusion Efforts Recognized with a 100% Rating on Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index

December 17, 2013

For the seventh consecutive year, Sodexo earns high marks on HRC’s annual LGBT Workplace Equality Scorecard

Sodexo’s LGBT Inclusion Efforts Recognized with a 100% Rating on Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index

LGBT Equality Best Places To WorkGaithersburg, Md., – December 16, 2013 – Quality of Life Services leader, Sodexo,  proudly announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. 

Sodexo’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment, supporting employee development and positively impacting local communities was demonstrated through several efforts including; sponsoring an LGBT employee business resource group, providing equivalent spousal and same-sex partner benefits, providing medical coverage for sex reassignment surgery, recognizing sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and actively engaging LGBT-certified vendors in our supplier diversity program.  In addition, the company continues to develop its managers to be more inclusive through innovative, award-winning resources like the LGBT Conversation Guide it created in collaboration with PFLAG.

“Sodexo managers and staff continue to champion a more diverse and inclusive workplace, particularly through the volunteer efforts led by employee business resource groups like PRIDE,” stated George Chavel, CEO, Sodexo. “This seventh consecutive recognition for top marks from HRC validates those efforts and the laudable accomplishments as a result.”

The 2014 CEI rated 934 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Sodexo’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria resulted in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

Sodexo again joins the ranks of 303 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year. For more information on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

To learn more about diversity and inclusion at Sodexo, please visit our website.

About the Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.


About Sodexo
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), leading Quality of Life services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On-site Services in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. 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 $20 million in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at blogs.sodexousa.com.


Contacts:
Enrico Dinges
Sodexo, Inc.
Tel. 301 987 4393
enrico.dinges@sodexo.com

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