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Teams with Gender Parity Achieve Better Results Across the Board: Sodexo Finds

Comprehensive Sodexo study finds gender-balanced management teams perform better on key business objectives.

Sodexo (No. 6 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list), has found that teams managed by a balanced mix of men and women are more successful across a range of measurements. The five-year, one-of-a-kind study of 70 entities across different functions represents 50,000 managers worldwide.


Operating margins, client satisfaction and employee retention, among other key performance indicators, were all higher among gender-balanced teams, meaning a ratio between 40% - 60% women to men.

"These results add a new, compelling dimension to a growing body of research that demonstrates the business benefits of gender equity," said Rohini Anand, PhD, Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo.

"The distinctive nature of the study, with its examination of both financial and non-financial performance indicators across so many levels of management and the pipeline to leadership, is a significant piece of the overall picture on importance of gender in the workforce for enhanced outcomes."

Sodexo gender balance study key findings:

  • Operating margins significantly increased among more gender-balanced teams than other teams.
  • Gender-balanced entities had an average employee retention rate that was 8 percentage points higher than other entities
  • Gender-balanced entities had an average client retention rate that was 9 percentage points higher than other entities.
  • Gender-balanced management reported an employee engagement rate that was 14 percentage points higher than other entities.
  • Gender-balanced entities saw the number of accidents decrease by 12 percentage points more than other entities.

This unique Sodexo Gender Balance Study builds on previous internal and external research and amplifies Sodexo's commitment to gender parity and an inclusive culture.

Sodexo, already a leader in diversity & inclusion, is breaking new ground in gender parity. Today, women represent 50% of our board. Thirty-two percent of senior leadership positions are held by women globally – a 6% increase at the very top levels since 2013. Middle management and site management positions are balanced at 46%. Currently, 59% of the total workforce works within gender-balanced management.

The company has committed to reach 40% women in senior leadership ranks by 2025 and has linked 10% of bonuses to this metric.

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Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Extends Partnership With Armed Services YMCA To Help End Childhood Hunger

$100,000 grant from the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation will support child development and food insecurity programs at two ASYMCA locations.

Originally Published by Sodexo.

Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation announced that it is extending its partnership with the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) and providing a $100,000 grant to improve access to nutritious food to help end childhood hunger. The organizations will continue to work together to support the military community by helping to reduce food insecurity among military families. With the generosity of organizations like Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, ASYMCA can help stop military family hunger through programs and services supporting young, low-income military families.

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Sodexo Commits to Achieving Gender Parity

Sodexo Joins the Paradigm for Parity Movement to Address Gender Parity in Corporate Leadership Positions.

Originally Published by Sodexo.

Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, announced its partnership with the Paradigm for Parity® Movement to advocate for equal employment opportunities for all genders specific to leadership positions.

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Sodexo Affiliate Entegra Procurement Services Announces Strategic Partnership with Dining Alliance and Affiliated Companies

Entegra Procurement Services, a division of Sodexo North America, increases purchasing power to become a market leader in foodservice GPO procurement services.

Originally Published by Sodexo.

Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life today announced a partnership between its affiliate entegra Procurement Services and Dining Alliance as part of the newly launched Buyers Edge Platform. The Buyers Edge Platform reaches 45,000 operator locations and represents a dynamic and rapidly growing GPO and multi-faceted service provider for the restaurant, lodging, and casino markets with over $7 billion in potential purchase volume.

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Sodexo Culture of Recognition Inspires Employees to Go Above and Beyond, while Growing their Careers

"Our workforce comes from all corners of society and as such we need a workforce that embraces diversity. We are successful because of how we all work together. We are fortunate to have a partner in Sodexo that emphasizes the same type values."

Originally Published by Sodexo.

By Jeff St. Clair, President/CEO Springhill Medical Center

Sodexo is a people company. Not only do our teams work hard to improve the Quality of Life of the people we serve, but they also take the time to improve each other's lives! A perfect example of this is the Sodexo Food & Nutrition team at Springhill Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama.

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Sodexo Names Brett Ladd as New CEO of Government for North America

Ladd started his career as a production manager with Marriott Management Services and has held positions in Sodexo's Universities and Schools segments as an in-unit General Manager, District Manager and Operations Vice President.

Originally Published by Sodexo.

Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, announced that Brett Ladd will serve as the new CEO of the Government for North America and will be a member of Sodexo's North America Regional Leadership Committee. Previously, Ladd led growth and client retention initiatives as Senior Vice President of Sales for Government North America. He was a member of the executive team when Sodexo established its formal Government segment in 2002.

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Sodexo Selected for Providing Service Excellence, Enhanced Value and Increased Savings to Vizient Members

Vizient represents a diverse membership base that includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute healthcare providers with more than $100 billion in annual purchasing volume.

Originally Published by Sodexo.

Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, announced that is has been named as Purchased Services Supplier of the Year by Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven healthcare performance improvement company in the country.

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Sodexo Recognized for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing

Sodexo, in practice, initiated a multiplier effect as producer partners scaled their businesses; expanded career development opportunities for at-risk community members; increased access to affordable and nutritious choices for food desert communities; reduced food waste; and supported local sustainability efforts.

Originally Published by Sodexo.

Sodexo, a food and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, has been recognized by the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) for its leadership in the sustainable purchasing movement, a growing trend in which organizations are using their purchasing power to advance the long-term health and vitality of society, economies, and the planet.

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Sodexo's Sustainability Efforts at Loyola Marymount University Recognized by the Green Restaurant Association

The Lair Marketplace at Loyola Marymount University, operated by Sodexo, becomes the first university dining facility to achieve over 400 GreenPoints™ on the Green Restaurant Association certification scale.

Originally Published by Sodexo.

Sodexo, a food and facilities management company committed to delivering Quality of Life services, announced that its Lair Marketplace at Loyola Marymount University earned over 400 GreenPoints™ on the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) certification scale, making it the first University dining facility to achieve this honor.

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