Sodexo Earns Top Ranking from DiversityInc for Eighth Consecutive Year for its Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

April 20, 2016

Sodexo’s focus on exceptional talent development programs and its metrics-driven approach to D&I make it a perennial DiversityInc Top 10 Company

Sodexo Earns Top Ranking from DiversityInc for Eighth Consecutive Year for its Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

GAITHERSBURG, Md., April 20, 2016Sodexo, the world leader in Quality of Life Services,  announced today that it ranked #6 on the DiversityInc 2016 Top 50 Companies for Diversity. This marks the eighth consecutive year that Sodexo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion was recognized among the Top 10. DiversityInc announced the rankings last night at its annual gala dinner in New York. Sodexo also earned spots on the following specialty lists:

  • #2 Top Company for Diversity Councils
  • #6 Top Company for Global Diversity
  • #6 Top Company for Disability (NOD)
  • #6 Top Company for Recruiting
  • #10 Top Company for Mentoring

Among DiversityInc Top 10 companies, there are nearly 50 percent more Blacks, Latinos and Asians in management than in U.S. companies in general. In addition, DiversityInc Top 10 companies have achieved near parity with women in management (48 percent). In the Top 10, women also represent 40 percent of the top earners.

“Sodexo is a perennial DiversityInc Top 10 company, ranking in the Top 10 for the eighth year in a row,” said Luke Visconti, DiversityInc’s founder and CEO. “This is driven by sharp focus and commitment from the company’s senior executives and relentless pursuit of improving an already exceptional talent-development program. I have no doubt Lorna Donatone, Region Chair for North America and CEO of Schools Worldwide, along with Rohini Anand, Global Chief Diversity Officer will continue to push the company further in its diversity and inclusion initiatives.”

Sodexo is the only company to land in the top #1 or #2 spot for 5 consecutive years, with this marking our 8th year being recognized as a top 10 company on the list. Most recently it has cultivated an increase in female management representation throughout the organization, and perhaps most notably in terms of gender-balanced leadership roles. The composition of its global board is comprised of 40 percent women. Its global COMEX team is 43 percent women and female leadership now occupies 31 percent of all senior executive positions; up from the 25 percent target that was set for 2015. The company attributes its success to a strategic, metrics-driven approach to diversity. Key to that approach is thorough analysis that includes a matrix of quantitative and qualitative factors.

Companies with more than 1,000 U.S.-based employees are eligible to enter the DiversityInc Top 50 competition each year, and there is no cost to compete. Each company’s rank is based on an objective analysis of 183 separate factors, based on data from a 300-question survey. The four equally weighted areas of measurement are Talent Pipeline, Equitable Talent Development, CEO/Leadership Commitment and Supplier Diversity.

“Diversity and inclusion is a key business driver, capable of increasing employee engagement and expanding business opportunities,” said Dr. Rohini Anand, global chief diversity officer, Sodexo. “In addition to the technical services we offer, Sodexo has helped many of our clients develop their own diversity.”

Sodexo delivers more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life. The global Fortune 500 company is a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations.

Learn more about the company at its corporate blog, Sodexo Insights.

Sam Wells
Sodexo, Inc.

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