The 2014 DiversityInc Top 50 Announcement Event
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Sodexo: No. 1 in the DiversityInc Top 50

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Company Information

U.S. Headquarters: Gaithersburg, Md.
U.S. Employees: 118,300
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking:No. 2

Why It’s on the List

When it comes to diversity management, Sodexo is in a class by itself. Now in the 11th year of its D&I effort, Sodexo is the leader in using diversity metrics to quantify and impact its business goals.

These efforts are led by Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Rohini Anand, a legend in D&I circles for her ability to connect with senior leadership and influence business decisions, and to implement cutting-edge D&I programs.

The commitment and accountability start at the top, with President and CEO George Chavel. All Executive Committee members are mentors and all senior leaders sponsor resource groups. Twenty-five percent of executive-level bonuses and 10–15 percent of senior-management bonuses are linked to diversity objectives, and scorecard bonuses are paid out regardless of financial performance—Sodexo is the only company we’ve seen that does this.

More than 55,000 management and frontline employees have received training in D&I competency, a 50 percent increase in the last year. The highly regarded IMPACT mentoring program had 135 partnerships this year, with 68 percent in cross-cultural relationships.

This year, the Employee Network Groups formally became Employee Business Resource Groups, reflecting their contributions to the business. The PRIDE resource group and the Global LGBT Task Force developed an LGBT Conversation Guide on challenges, culture cues, policies and benefits.

Sodexo’s focus as a diversity leader is external as well as internal. The company has been involved in more than 130 diversity events, including DiversityInc’s. Sodexo’s leaders hold 20 board positions with multicultural organizations, and more than 100 of the company’s clients attended its annual Diversity Business and Leadership Summit.

Other DiversityInc Lists

  • No. 2 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Recruitment & Retention
  • No. 1 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Blacks
  • No. 4 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Latinos
  • No. 10 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Asian-Americans
  • No. 3 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Executive Women
  • No. 5 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees
  • No. 5 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Global Diversity

Diversity Leadership

George Chavel
President and CEO

“Creating diverse environments presents an opportunity for all leaders in a complex, multi-cultural global economy. Given that Sodexo operates in 36,000 client locations globally, touching 75 million customers every day, we have a tremendous opportunity to share our diversity and inclusion experience to better design, manage and deliver Quality of Life services to our customers and clients, and support local community development everywhere we serve.”

Dr. Rohini Anand
Senior Vice President & Global Chief Diversity Officer

“Diversity and inclusion have been systemically integrated into the culture of our organization and are now synonymous with our brand promise and a key component of our commitment to Quality of Life Services. But with success comes tremendous responsibility. We are focused on staying the course and sharing the benefits of diversity of thought and inclusion of people with our clients, customers and the communities we serve.”