Supplier Diversity

Supplier Diversity strengthens us all

We share a vision of a workplace rooted in diversity and recognize that diversity benefits us all. We actively seek to bring diverse businesses into our network of suppliers, including minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, disabled-owned or LGBT-owned companies. We currently partner with 3,906 diverse and small suppliers.

Better Tomorrow Plan Commitment

Sodexo has publicly committed to having an inclusive supply chain around the world as part of our Better Tomorrow Plan. Sodexo tracks the progress by country annually for both women and underutilized vendors as defined in each country as well as spend with local, small businesses and/or SME ( Small Medium Enterprise) businesses. To support our local community, we globally have committed to spend 25% of our purchases with SME businesses with a focus on local and diverse by 2025.

Leading by example

“At Sodexo, we believe the strength of our company is rooted in diversity – and that includes a diversity of suppliers. Our suppliers not only provide valuable products and services, they also provide valuable ideas and perspectives. And, the companies we work with can introduce us to new communities where we can grow and contribute and get even better at providing Quality of Life services.”
— Lorna Donatone CEO Geographic Regions and Region Chair for North America

Sodexo named as 2018 Disability:IN Annual Inclusion Award Winner for Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Businesses


At Sodexo, Diversity and Inclusion is embedded in our business and our values.  We believe that diversity in our workforce gives us access to the best talent, and our D&I culture provides the ability to attract and retain this talent.  This belief transcends into our supply base. We know that working with suppliers that mirror our consumers and our communities makes our company more relevant in the markets in which we operate as well as a stronger supply chain. All management level employees are held accountable for growing their supplier diversity spend and their D&I engagement as part of the bonus.

At Sodexo growing diverse spend, takes a village. Sodexo’s Disability employee resource group “SOAR”, has been taking on the responsibility of participating in site visits across the country for Disability:IN for the past 6 years. Our D&I department has championed supplier diversity efforts including hiring certified DOBE’s to support their diversity efforts. Darlene Fuller serves as co-chair of Disability:IN’s certification committee. Darlene has supported the supply train track over the years and served as a mentor this past year. Utilizing Disability:IN certified suppliers is important to Sodexo, with 6.1M in 2017 and we look to continue to grow our spend.

More information about the award:

Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Businesses Award
The “Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Business and Service-Disabled Veteran Disability-Owned Businesses” award nomination is presented to the corporation or government agency that has demonstrated outstanding inclusion of Disability:IN certified disability-owned businesses (including businesses owned by service disabled veterans) and demonstrated commitment to disability business inclusion in their supply chain processes and corporate supplier diversity programs.

*Note: A DOBE® is a Disability:IN certified Disability-Owned Business Enterprise, operating for profit, that is at least 51 percent owned, managed, operated and controlled by a person with a disability; located in the U.S. a SDV-DOBE™ is a Service-Disabled Veteran Disability-Owned Business Enterprise.

Sodexo’s Vendor Partner meeting took place on June 11, 2018 in Bethesda, MD

Congratulations to the nominees for the Strategic Diverse Vendor of the Year 2018 who were:

We are proud to honor Slade Gorton as our 2018 Strategic Diverse Vendor of the Year. Founded in 1928, Slade Gorton is a privately held, multi-generational family business, now lead by Kim Gorton. They are committed to feeding America with wholesome, nutritious and sustainable seafoods to their customers. They have worked closely with our Supply Management and Culinary Team to expand products and availability of product. They have shared their knowledge and championed our efforts for a sustainable seafood program at Sodexo. They support other diverse businesses within their supply chain and have participated as a mentor for other Sodexo contracted diverse businesses.

Doing business with Sodexo

Opportunities for diverse suppliers range from regional to national contracts. Among the products and services for which we contract:

  • Consulting services
  • Equipment for foodservice, facilities and environmental services
  • Equipment repair (electrical, HVAC, kitchen, plumbing and mechanical)
  • Food products
  • Local services (linen, hood and duct cleaning, florists, carpet cleaning, window washing, etc.)
  • Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) supplies
  • Paper for food, janitorial and smallwares
  • Photography
  • Security services
  • Temporary labor (foodservice, housekeeping)
  • Vending services

Learn more about pursuing business opportunities with Sodexo.

Register to be a diverse supplier

If you are a diverse supplier and wish to be considered for potential business opportunities, please see the registration details below:

Thank you for your interest in Sodexo’s Supplier Diversity. If you are a diverse vendor, please register in our supplier diversity registration portal. If you have issues with the website please contact IVS Solutions by phone 240 487 0295 or email. All suppliers must complete their profile, as well as attach the following documents:

  • A copy of your current, valid Diversity Certification
  • A list of your products and services
  • Company history and capabilities overview

Upon completing this process, your information will electronically be forwarded to the appropriate supply manager for review. It is required that Supply Management review this database for potential qualified diverse vendors to include in all RFP/RFI opportunities.

If you have any questions, contact Supplier Diversity.

Your qualifications

In order to be considered a diverse business, your company must be at least 51% owned, controlled and managed by a U.S. citizen who is:


  • African American
  • Asian American
  • Hispanic American
  • Native American


  • A business owned by a non-minority woman


Service-Disabled Veterans



  • Lesbian
  • Gay
  • Bi-sexual
  • Transgender

Your Certification

Sodexo requires certification from one of the following sources:


We expect all our contracted suppliers to:

  • Satisfactorily pass the required food safety inspection/audit
  • Provide up to $5 million of insurance naming Sodexo as a certificate holder over the term of our agreement
  • Sign an Indemnification Statement
  • Provide Sodexo with a competitive pricing program
  • Provide a product or service of consistently high quality that meets our specifications
  • Support our operating units and our distributors (if applicable) with superior service
  • Work as our partner to grow business to mutually benefit both companies

Contact us to learn how you can improve the Quality of Life at your organization:

Email us

or call us at 888 SODEXO7

The Better Tomorrow Plan

Sodexo is committed to sustainable development and has defined a worldwide roadmap: the Better Tomorrow Plan.