GAITHERSBURG, Md., Sept. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to quality of life, was named as a top-ten company most praised by NGOs (non-governmental organizations) for its leadership on environment issues, human rights and animal rights in the second quarter of 2018 by global research and strategy consultancy, SIGWATCH. Sodexo was specifically commended for its pledge to source only cage-free eggs by 2025.
"Our data has shown a significant change over the last 10 years in how activist groups view business and how business sees NGOs," said Robert Blood, founder and managing director of SIGWATCH. "Consumers are increasingly more alert to the environmental and social responsibility of businesses. In response, businesses like Sodexo accept that they have an obligation to ensure that their supply chains are sustainable and address issues such as animal welfare. We congratulate Sodexo on topping the list with its actions."
Sodexo announced in July 2016 that it will source only cage-free eggs – both shell and liquid – from local producers worldwide by 2025. This major commitment in the company's animal welfare strategy advances its mission to contribute to the economic, social and environmental development of the cities, regions and countries where the company operates.
Sodexo also works to champion sustainability, mitigate its carbon impact and reduce its environmental footprint. Additionally, as an international company, Sodexo recognizes its responsibility to promote and guarantee human rights as stated in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Labor Organization principles.
"We are honored to be recognized by NGOs for our leadership in corporate responsibility," said Ted Monk, Sodexo North America Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility. "Our Better Tomorrow 2025 roadmap is comprehensive and details our strategy for improving quality of life within our roles as an employer, a service provider and a corporate citizen. In addition to our work with animal welfare, Sodexo is focused on driving change in the areas of Hunger, Gender and Waste."
About Sodexo North America
Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 72 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 SodexoUSA.com, SodexoInsights.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
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