National Restaurant Association Honors Sodexo, Inc. with Faces of Diversity Award

April 14, 2010

The Faces of Diversity awards celebrate diversity in the restaurant and foodservice industry and among the industry's nearly 13 million employees

National Restaurant Association Honors Sodexo, Inc. with Faces of Diversity Award

Washington, D.C., April 14, 2010 - The National Restaurant Association honored Sodexo, Inc. with its Faces of Diversity Award today for achievements in and contributions to the restaurant industry. . Sodexo, headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., received the award at a ceremony at the Association’s 2010 Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.

"It is our honor to recognize the winners of our 2010 Faces of Diversity Award for their achievement and inspiration," said Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. "Diversity is a key ingredient of our industry’s current and future success. Sodexo exemplifies the best of our industry and the opportunity it provides."

Sodexo’s diversity and inclusion culture unites people, strengthens the organization and ensures superior business performance. The company integrates diversity and inclusion into recruiting, employee development, mentoring, community involvement and supplier sourcing. To help employees overcome language barriers, Sodexo offers English and Spanish courses.

Sodexo helps managers build diversity competency through a training program. A mandatory Spirit of Diversity course equips managers to lead diverse teams. Training for frontline staff helps them interact with one another and meet customers’ needs.

Sodexo’s diversity efforts are led by Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer, who reports directly to the CEO. The company tracks both quantitative and qualitative measures of training compliance, succession planning and other efforts to ensure that it is sourcing, developing and retaining a diverse and highly skilled workforce. Sodexo evaluates its progress in an annual diversity and inclusion report.

Fortune magazine has ranked Sodexo as among its Most Admired Companies, and DiversityInc listed it No. 1 in its Top 50 for 2010.

Sodexo is the world leader in Quality of Daily Life solutions, with core businesses in foodservice, facilities management and senior services. It employs 120,000 people who serve 6,000 clients and 10 million customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The company’s foodservice customers range from college professors to kindergartners, doctors to corporate executives. Facilities management is just as varied, from housekeeping and environment services to engineering plant operations and maintenance.

The Faces of Diversity awards program, created by the Association in partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice, celebrates diversity in the restaurant industry in two categories—the American Dream Award and the Inspiration Award. The American Dream Award honors individuals from diverse backgrounds who, through hard work and determination, have realized the American dream. The Inspiration Award honors restaurant companies that have exhibited leadership and vision as an advocate of diversity and inclusion.

The Association recognized three American Dream Award recipients and one Inspiration Award recipient – Sodexo, Inc. – at today’s award ceremony.

The winners of the 2010 Faces of Diversity American Dream Award are Matilda and Joseph Novak of Novak's Hungarian Restaurant in Albany, Ore.; Widjiono "Yono" Purnomo of Yono's in Albany, N.Y.; and Taki Sawi of Santorini Greek Kitchen in Indianapolis, Ind. For more information about the Faces of Diversity awards program, visit

National Restaurant Association
Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 945,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a work force of nearly 13 million employees. Together with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Association works to lead America’s restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity, prominence, and participation, enhancing the quality of life for all we serve. For more information, visit

Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc. (, 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 ( 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

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 is the strategic partner for companies and institutions that place a premium on performance and well-being, as it has since Pierre Bellon founded the company in 1966. Sharing the same passion for service, Sodexo's 380,000 employees, in 80 countries design, manage and deliver an unrivaled range of On-site Service Solutions and Motivation Solutions. Sodexo has created a new form of service business that contributes to the economic, social and environmental development of the communities, regions and countries in which it operates and to the fulfillment of its employees.

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