Sodexo Leverages Scope of Supply Chain to Make Positive Economic Impact in Communities

$36.6 million in Sodexo spend on produce is sourced locally each year from over 1,400 state and regional farms.

Sodexo (No. 6 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list), the world leader in Quality of Life services, is a global company operating in 80 countries around the world, but with a keen focus and commitment to local communities.


In serving its more than 9,000 client sites across North America the integrated facilities management and food service operations organization leverages the scope and scale of its supply chain to create economic opportunities for small and rural communities, sourcing more than $36.6 million annual in produce that is grown in the same state or region where it is served.

The details of Sodexo's impact are illustrated in an infographic released today by Sodexo. Titled On the Farm, the infographic outlines ways the company delivers locally-grown and raised products, fairly traded coffee and tea, and sustainable seafood to its cafes, dining halls and kitchens throughout North America.

"Because we're a global company with operations in more than 32,000 locations worldwide, our purchasing decisions can have a major impact," says Jim Pazzanese, vice president, supply management, Sodexo. "In North America alone, we support more than 1,400 local dairy farms that produce 37 million gallons of rbst-free milk for clients and consumers. That equals the same amount consumed by nearly 1.12 million customers per day."

Further influencing the sustainable practices of its suppliers, Sodexo has committed to sourcing and providing 100 percent cage-free shell and liquid eggs by the year 2020. Humane treatment of animals in the supply chain is another area in which the company has demonstrated progress and industry leadership.

Sodexo's sustainable supply chain focuses on four key practice areas; Local sourcing, Fairly traded products, sustainable seafood and animal welfare.

Local, seasonal sourcing allows Sodexo to create economic opportunities for small businesses and rural communities, while offering more flavorful and healthful food options for customers every day. Its commitment to fairly traded coffee and tea benefits both the environment and the economies of local communities.

Supporting sustainable seafood and aquaculture helps ensure the viability of a variety of ocean life. Finally, Sodexo's progressive commitment to better animal welfare practices drives an overall industry change, which includes sourcing from farmers who produce cage-free eggs.

Sodexo delivers more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life. The Fortune Global 500 company is a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations.

Learn more about Sodexo at its corporate blog, Sodexo Insights.

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While women have fought to win the rights that we have today, the battle is not over, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), where women are still significantly underrepresented.

By Connie Arnold

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Candidates who meet me now may not know my background (unless they visit my LinkedIn profile, of course), and while I am currently a Strategic Recruiter for Sodexo's Clinical Technology Management opportunities, I spent around 20 years in the field as a Biomed myself!

From what I've found, many people aren't sure what a Biomed career consists of - or sometimes they don't even realize it exists.

In a nutshell, biomedical equipment technicians, also called biomedical engineers, biomeds or BMETs for short, hold a critical position in filling the gap between medicine and technology. They make it possible for medical staff to use state of the art medical devices, providing the highest level of patient care.

So how did I end up there? In high school, I loved math and science, and it seemed to promise real opportunities for our changing world. This was when I discovered biomedical engineering, which combined my two passions - medicine and fixing things.

Unfortunately, there are some young girls who still grow up thinking that engineering and science aren't meant for women, so it is important to me to show that women can thrive in the world of engineering (or in any career they choose). Because of this, I have chosen to share my personal career path and experiences with the students at my daughter's local high school and with you on this blog.

Today, gender equality and diversity is just as important as ever. Imagine the great advances that could occur in engineering if men and women were working together more often to solve problems. While women have fought to win the rights that we have today, the battle is not over, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), where women are still significantly underrepresented.

In my current role, I have the great opportunity to search the country for Healthcare Technology Management professionals and hope that I can use my position to inspire more women to consider the field from an early age.

For those who may be interested in learning more about Sodexo and the jobs we have available, I highly recommend attending in person events, like the upcoming AAMI Conference & Convention, where Sodexo Clinical Technology Management operators and recruiters will be there in person to answer your questions and help you get to know our company better.

In the meantime, head over to our dedicated career page to read stories from both men and women in the Sodexo CTM organization and find out how you can become part of the team.

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