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Sodexo | Hall of Fame


  • Sodexo is a thought leader on the subject of diversity and inclusion. Representing 133,000 employees in the US, Lorna Donatone, CEO, Geographic Regions and Region Chair North America, is evangelical about diversity because she knows that Sodexo's best interests are served by the success of her customers.
  • Part two of their Gender Balance Study, which started in 2014, strongly suggests that gender-balanced management teams perform better on key business objectives. Operating margins, employee retention, client retention, safety and employee engagement were the five key performance indicators the study examined.
  • CEO & Direct Reports are 47 percent women vs. 30 percent for the Top 10, it is clear that they are committed to gender parity and they have a goal to reach 40 percent of women in senior leadership by 2025 and have linked 10 percent of bonuses to this metric.
  • Dr. Rohini Anand, SVP and Global Chief Diversity Officer is on the board of NOD. After 10 years of competing and earning spots at the top the DiversityInc Top 50 list, including number-one, we are proud to see Sodexo ascend to the Hall of Fame.

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Each year Sodexo strives to expand and strengthen their commitment to diversity and inclusion. Over the past year they have continued to evolve their thought leadership, while advancing their focus on gender balance and workplace inclusion. They recently released part two of their Gender Balance Study, a follow up to the three-year internal study done in 2014, which reaffirms the business benefits of gender balanced teams. In addition to success measures that include a regional leadership team comprised of 45% woman and a notable 30% women in operations/P&L roles, D&I has consistently been one of the top two drivers of engagement at Sodexo for the past 10 years.

This is also the 10th consecutive year that Sodexo has been recognized as a top company for diversity and inclusion by DiveristyInc, and as one of the first inductees into their inaugural Top 50 Hall of Fame, they continue to demonstrate how they have successfully integrated diversity and inclusion into the fabric of their organization and leveraged it as a true business imperative.

As a recognized thought leader, Sodexo remains committed to advancing their strategy, building their brand globally and driving sustainable change.


Lorna Donatone
CEO, Geographic Regions and Region Chair North America Sodexo

"Companies that are still asking about the business case for diversity won't exist within the next five years. At Sodexo, we know that with 133,000 employees across all 50 U.S. states, it is essential that we reflect our clients, business and workplace."

Dr. Rohini Anand
Senior Vice President Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer

"The role of anyone leading diversity and inclusion, is to impact culture change. Creating a more diverse, inclusive culture at Sodexo and positioning us as a good corporate citizen is a priority. As D&I change agents, we must approach our work with a systemic mindset, striving to impact processes, policies and procedures, as well as mindsets and behaviors. And ultimately, the culture."



U.S. Headquarters: Gaithersburg, Md.

Global Employees: 427,000

Last Year's DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 6

  • No. 3 Diversity Councils
  • No. 3 Executive Women
  • No. 5 Recruitment
  • No. 6 Employee Resource Groups
  • No. 7 Mentoring
  • LGBT Employees
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