Sodexo Named to Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index

Jul 27, 2018 9:45 AM ET

GAITHERSBURG, Md., July 27, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, announced today their ranking as a top scorer on the Diversity Best Practices (DBP) Inclusion Index after receiving a score of 76 percent.  The DBP Inclusion Index provides data and insight about participating organizations specific to their diversity and inclusion practices in recruitment, retention, and advancement; organizational culture; and demographic transparency. This is the second annual DBP Inclusion Index where Sodexo scored above 70 percent.

“We are proud to be one of the 73 organizations that have earned a score of at least 65 percent and a spot on this year’s index,” said Rohini Anand, PhD, SVP, Corporate Responsibility & Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo.  “We are proud to be viewed as a leader in the diversity and inclusion space and will use our score on the DBP Inclusion Index as a benchmark to exceed in the future.”

Sodexo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has been consistently recognized by external organizations and notable diversity publications. Sodexo was named to Bloomberg’s 2018 Gender-Equality Index (GEI) – its first sector-neutral list of 104 global companies, and recognized on three of FORTUNE Magazine lists in 2017, including World’s Most Admired Companies, Change the World and the FORTUNE 500.

Key findings from the 2018 Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index include:

  • Recruitment: 75 percent of Index organizations require interview slates for job openings to have diverse applicants (compared with 58 percent of all participants). 93 percent of Index organizations train recruiters to ask culturally competent questions of diverse applications (compared with 75 percent of all participants).
  • Talent Development: 51 percent of Index organizations have succession planning at top levels aimed specifically at women, racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ people (compared with 31 percent of all participants).
  • Company Culture: 78 percent of Index organizations provide special talent development programs for employees who become leaders of Employee Resource Groups (compared with 61 percent of all participants).
  • Accountability: 37 percent of Index organizations compensate managers for diversity and inclusion results (compared with 24 percent of all participants).

The DPB features 124 organizations and of those, 73 are listed as members of the 2018 DBP “Inclusion Index” after scoring at least 65 percent of the available points. Completed applications were collected online from December 2017 to March 2018.

About Diversity Best Practices

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

About Sodexo North America

Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily. The company employs 150,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $32 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, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube