Sodexo Named Among 2010 Best Companies for Asian Pacific Americans

September 10, 2010

2010 Asian Entrepreneur of the Year Awards to honor Best Companies and Outstanding Advocates

Sodexo Named Among 2010 Best Companies for Asian Pacific Americans

Gaithersburg, Md., September 10, 2010 — Sodexo today was recognized for its leadership in diversity and inclusion in the workplace by Asian Enterprise Magazine, host of the 2010 Asian Entrepreneur of the Year (AEY) Awards. Sodexo and eleven other major corporations will be honored at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles tonight as the Best Companies for Asian Pacific Americans. The AEY Awards highlight exemplary Asian Pacific American entrepreneurs, small business and Fortune 500 companies that have made an impact in their respective communities through their efforts to practice and promote diversity, inclusion, excellence and equal opportunity.

"We are very proud to receive this award," said Rohini Anand, senior vice president and global chief diversity officer, Sodexo. "Our commitment to advance diversity and inclusion is at the core of who we are and we promote a culture in the workplace that embraces those values."

Now in its 17th year, the 2010 theme for the AEY Awards is "In Relentless Perseverance on the Road to Recovery," featuring invited keynote speaker, Senator Barbara Boxer of California. In addition to recognizing the Best companies for Asian Pacific Americans the event will also honor business leaders in the categories of Small Business Advocates, the Corporate Advocate of the Year and the overall Entrepreneur of the Year – Dr. Tei Fu Chen of Sunrider International.

The full list of businesses honored as Best Companies for Asian American includes:

  • Denny's                                             
  • Harrah’s Entertainment                               
  • IBM                                                                 
  • Kaiser Permanente                                        
  • Morgan Stanley                                              
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Pepsico
  • Sodexo
  • Southern California Edison
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • United Healthcare/Secure Horizons
  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Sodexo has received numerous awards for its attention to diversity and inclusion. It is #1 on the DiversityInc 2010 list of Top 50 Companies for Diversity. Fortune Magazine named Sodexo on of its 2010 Most Admired Companies, and Working Mother Magazine recognized it as one of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women. Black Enterprise Magazine, the National Restaurant Association, Hispanic Magazine as well as many other publications and organizations have long acknowledged Sodexo’s leadership in the area of diversity.


About Sodexo

Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc. (, 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, as well as Motivation Solutions such as Esteem Pass. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (, an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $13 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.

Key Figures (as of August 31, 2009)

Sodexo in the World
14.7 billion euro consolidated revenue
380,000 employees
33,900 sites
50 million consumers served daily
80 countries
22nd largest employer worldwide

Sodexo in North America
7.7 billion dollars revenue
120,000 employees
10 million consumers served daily
6,000 clients
700 facilities management sites



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