Sodexo Earns High Score on Annual Diversity Best Practice’s Inclusion Index

Sodexo’s focus on diversity and inclusion has earned recognition on Diversity Best Practice’s inaugural Inclusion Index
Nov 9, 2017 10:45 AM ET
Sodexo’s corporate culture is rooted in diversity and inclusion.

GAITHERSBURG, Md., November 9, 2017/3BL Media/ — Sodexo, a food and facilities management company, announced today that it achieved a score of over 70 percent on the inaugural Diversity Best Practices (DBP) Inclusion Index. The Inclusion Index reports data and provides insight into how participating companies met and excelled in three areas: company culture, demographic transparency and best diversity and inclusion practices in recruitment, retention and advancement.

“Diversity and inclusion is foundational to our core values of team spirit and service, and is an imperative part of our business.” said Rohini Anand, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer. “We are honored to be recognized once again for our diversity and inclusion in the workplace and will continue to build a work culture worthy of recognition.”

Sodexo’s corporate culture is rooted in diversity and inclusion as the company employs more than 420,000 employees in 80 countries around the world. This allows the organization to create an inclusive environment for all, with mentorship programs and training initiatives designed specifically to increase diversity and inclusion. Sodexo’s diversity and inclusion efforts are consistently ranked at the top of the industry in national and worldwide indices, including DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity, the Global Diversity List and the Workplace Pride Global Benchmark.

DBP’s Inclusion Index asked companies to provide data in:

  • Demographic transparency, as indicated by sharing specific data on the representation of women and people of color in their workforce
  • Adherence to best practices for fostering diversity and inclusion in recruitment, retention and advancement
  • Best practices in promoting a company culture that values diversity and inclusion

 “The DBP Inclusion Index recognized firms that were transparent in sharing their workforce demographics, and that have best-in-class diversity and inclusion policies, procedures and programs in place to ensure a positive, inclusive environment for all employees,” said Deborah Munster, executive director, Diversity Best Practices. “We applaud the Inclusion Index companies for sharing their data and for utilizing D&I best practices to achieve an inclusive company culture.”

Of 51 companies who applied, only 33 were recognized on the Index. Each company was graded with transparency representing 30 percent of the total score and the best practices in recruitment, retention and advancement and company culture sections representing 35 percent each.

About Diversity Best Practices
Diversity Best Practices, a division of Working Mother Media, is the preeminent organization for mid- to large-size organization diversity thought leaders to share best practices and develop innovative solutions for culture change. Through research, resources, benchmarking, publications and events, Diversity Best Practices offers organizational members information and strategies on how to implements, grown, measure and create first-in-class diversity programs.

About Sodexo USA
Sodexo USA is an American business that is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Delivering more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life, Sodexo is a leading provider of sustainable, integrated facilities management and food service operations. It employs 123,000 Americans at 12,500 sites across the country and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional U.S. jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $30 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger.  To learn more about Sodexo, visit and connect with us on Facebook and @SodexoUSA on Twitter.