GAITHERSBURG, Md., Aug. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, announced today that it has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a Top 10 Percent Inclusion Index Company on the Diversity Best Practices (DBP) Inclusion Index for receiving an 81 percent or higher score. The index helps organizations understand trends and gaps in demographic representation, creates a road map to drive internal change, and identifies diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) solutions to close the gaps.
"We are honored to be named as a Top 10 Percent Inclusion Index Company by Diversity Best Practices for the fourth year in a row," said Gerri Mason Hall, Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and Corporate Responsibility Officer, Sodexo Americas. "This recognition continues to challenge us to initiate and sustain inclusive programs and practices that support our diverse employees at all levels."
Organizations provided data and were measured in three key areas: best practices in the recruitment, retention and advancement of people from underrepresented groups—women, racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people; inclusive corporate culture, including leadership accountability; and demographic diversity for women and racial/ethnic minorities.
"Diversity Best Practices' recognition demonstrates Sodexo's unwavering commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion," said Sarosh Mistry, Region Chair, Sodexo North America. "And it serves as a reminder for the work that remains before us. Enabling our employees, clients and the communities in which we serve is inherent to who we are at Sodexo – we are proud to be recognized for our work and look forward to continuing to be held accountable for our work."
Key findings of the DBP 2020 Inclusion Index are that one hundred percent of the top 10 percent use employee resource groups to recruit underrepresented talent. Eighty-five percent of the top 10 percent organizations require gender and racial/ethnic diversity in succession planning, and ninety-five percent of the top 10 percent organizations set percentages goals in diversity.
Sodexo's commitment to diversity and inclusion has been consistently recognized by external organizations and notable diversity publications. In January, Sodexo was recognized on Bloomberg's 2020 Gender Equality Index and FORTUNE'S 2019 list of the World's Most Admired Companies.
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 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 160,000 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 $19 billion in goods and services from small to large 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., in 2018, Sodexo contributed over 159,500 in volunteer hours, and since 1996, the Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed nearly $34.5 million to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit us.sodexo.com, and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.