Sodexo’s Virtual Diversity and Business Leadership Summit Recognized with the Innovations in Diversity Award by Profiles in Diversity Journal
June 29, 2012
Virtual summit facilitated the participation of nearly 2,000 people in diversity and inclusion training in a cost effective manner and with low environmental impact.
Gaithersburg, MD – (June 29, 2012) – Profiles in Diversity Journal, a bi-monthly magazine focusing on diversity/inclusion in business, government, non-profit, higher education and military settings, has recognized Sodexo with a 2012 Innovations in Diversity Award which honors corporations, organizations, and institutions that have developed innovative solutions that offer measurable outcomes in the area of workforce diversity and inclusion. Sodexo’s Virtual Diversity and Business Leadership Summit (VDBLS) was considered to be an exciting initiative which enhanced diversity and inclusion and showcased the unique and out of the box thinking employed by Sodexo.
“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to ensure greater access to our diversity and inclusion training and development though the use of technology,” said Rohini Anand, senior vice president and global chief diversity officer. “I am particularly proud that we were able to find synergy between our commitment to sharing diversity best practices and our regard for sustainable business practices by reducing the carbon foot print this event would normally require,” added Anand.
Through VDBLS, Sodexo was able to promote cutting edge approaches to building diversity and inclusion competencies among a large, dispersed employee population while addressing the need to effectively balance time and resources. As a result, Sodexo increased diversity competency company-wide. Of the 2,243 individuals who registered, 1,881 (84%) participated in the VDBLS environment and 96% stated they would apply the learning to their job. A total of 2,151 training events were completed through VDBLS.
The learning events and activities presented through VDBLS focused on building skills, knowledge and awareness around different dimensions of diversity. In addition to learning events, live chats and networking opportunities, participants could visit the online Resource Center to download and view diversity related materials and research to support learning, development, and performance. Additionally, with the Virtual Summit being available for a seven month period, the content was accessible to a wider audience, for a much longer period than the traditional, in-person Summit.
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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, and 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 $17 million in grants to end childhood 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 acts as a partner for companies and institutions that place a premium on performance and employee well-being, as it has since Pierre Bellon founded the company in 1966. Sharing the same passion for service, Sodexo’s 413,000 employees in 80 countries design, manage and deliver an unrivaled array of Quality of Life Services. Sodexo has created a new form of service business that contributes to the fulfillment of its employees and the economic, social and environmental development of the communities, regions and countries in which it operates.