Sodexo Among Top Three Companies for Recruiting and Retention on 2009 DiversityInc Top Ten Companies List

March 23, 2009

Metrics, mentoring, communications distinguish Sodexo among top companies

Sodexo Among Top Three Companies for Recruiting and Retention on 2009 DiversityInc Top Ten Companies List

GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 23, 2009 — Sodexo, a leading integrated food and facilities management services company, was listed as number three on the 2009 DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Recruiting and Retention list, achieving the honor from among more than 400 companies.

In choosing the rankings, DiversityInc considered race/ethnicity/gender/age-demographics questions surrounding the work force, new hires, management by levels, promotions and retention. DiversityInc includes questions on work/life benefits and recruitment strategies, including those aimed at lesbian/gay/bisexual/ transgender (LGBT) people and people with disabilities.

Key factors in Sodexo's success were its diversity-training and employee-engagement metrics, its trendsetting mentoring programs, its full complement of progressive work/life programs, and its external communications and partnerships that brand it as a diversity leader.

A total of 401 companies, an increase of 14 percent from last year, vied for the honors from DiversityInc this year, underscoring the increasing emphasis on diversity management among progressive companies. In 2008, Sodexo again placed third in recruiting and retention out of 352 companies competing.

“Sodexo seeks and works to keep the best employees from every walk of life for every position,” said Peri Bridger, senior vice president, Human Resources, for Sodexo, Inc. “We encourage mentoring for all employees. We use social media to recruit and engage potential candidates. And we demonstrate our commitment to the strength of our workforce by continuing employee training and development even during this difficult economy.”

About DiversityInc
Launched in 1997, DiversityInc is the leading business publication connecting diversity and the bottom line, with 1 million unique monthly visitors. includes the largest diversity job board in the nation. DiversityInc also produces events and conducts benchmarking, custom research and consulting.

Sodexo, Inc.
Sodexo, Inc. ( is a leading integrated facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. Sodexo serves more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government, and remote sites. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., is a member of Sodexo Group, and funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (, an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $11 million in grants to fight hunger in America. 

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